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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

  • 定價:945
  • 優惠價:79747
  • 優惠期限:2019年09月03日止
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出版人週刊、柯克斯書評星級好評!
由芭芭拉.艾倫瑞克Barbara Ehrenreich親寫導言
繼《我在底層的生活》、戴斯蒙《下一個家在何方?》
一則親歷者的故事,以不同的眼光重審貧窮

  史戴芬妮‧蘭德Stephanie Land出身於美國西北部,不甘於一生只留在家鄉,她離開前往大學,追尋自己的夢想──成為一名作家。這個勵志的故事,當她28歲因一場夏日戀愛遊戲意外懷孕,劇情從此天翻地覆。

  為了逃離充滿暴力的親密關係,蘭德成為了一位單親媽媽,她成為兼職清掃女僕以維持生計。雖然有各市政府與組織的計畫扶助,政府允諾的居住保障,卻只是前途未卜的中途之家,她鍾愛的女兒在遊民收容所學會走路,蘭德也寫下以食物券food stamps、WIC婦幼營養補助計劃度日的過程。與背負著「窮人」的烙印,面對社會各式無情、鄙視的污名傷痕。

  蘭德的生活,也許與和她一開始規畫的不一樣,但她並沒有放棄理想,也不願犧牲女兒的未來。她擔任女僕,成為富人家裡「無名的鬼魂」──那些人根本不曾正眼看過她,也不試著想認識她;相對,蘭德卻透過他們的生活中的習慣與瑣事,發現雇主們的人生故事。 在工作之餘,蘭德接受線上課程,最終在大學獲取自己的學位。

  與艾倫瑞克《我在底層的生活》、戴斯蒙《下一個家在何方?》等經典報導記錄不同,本書是來自一名生還者的聲音。蘭德的故事呈現了社會對窮人、單親媽媽至今依然存在的種種偏見(像是認為窮來自懶惰或愚昧),而社會救援體制是如何弊病叢生,也寫下她作為女傭獨特視角,看見的世界。這部精彩作品不僅是為窮苦階級發聲,更彰顯了一個不向困難低頭的堅毅靈魂。(文/博客來編譯)

  At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat. Of the government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses. The aloof government employees who called her lucky for receiving assistance while she didn't feel lucky at all. She wrote to remember the fight, to eventually cut through the deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor.

  Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost," Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives-their sadness and love, too-she begins to find hope in her own path.

  Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the "servant" worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line. Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not her alone. It is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

Review

  "What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single-motherhood, the unrelenting frustration of having no safety net, the ways in which our society is systemically designed to keep impoverished people mired in poverty, the indignity of poverty by way of unmovable bureaucracy, and people's lousy attitudes toward poor people... Land's prose is vivid and engaging... [A] tightly-focused, well-written memoir... an incredibly worthwhile read." ―Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger: A Memoir

  "Marry the evocative first person narrative of Educated with the kind of social criticism seen in Nickel and Dimed and you'll get a sense of the remarkable book you hold in your hands. In Maid, Stephanie Land, a gifted storyteller with an eye for details you'll never forget, exposes what it's like to exist in America as a single mother, working herself sick cleaning our dirty toilets, one missed paycheck away from destitution. It's a perspective we seldom see represented firsthand-and one we so desperately need right now. Timely, urgent, and unforgettable, this is memoir at its very best."―Susannah Cahalan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

  "Stephanie Land's heartrending book, Maid, provides a trenchant reminder that something is amiss with the American Dream and gives voice to the millions of 'working poor' toiling in a country that needs them but doesn't want to see them. A sad and hopeful tale of being on the outside looking in, the author makes us wonder how'd we fare scrubbing and vacuuming away the detritus of an affluence that always seems beyond reach."―Steve Dublanica, New York Times bestselling author of Waiter Rant

  "As a solo mom and former house cleaner, this brave book resonated with me on a very deep level. We live in a world where the solo mother is an incomplete story: adrift in the world without a partner, without support, without a grounding, centering (male) force. But women have been doing this since the dawn of time, and Stephanie Land is one of millions of solo moms forced to get blood from stone. She is at once an old and new kind of American hero. This memoir of resilience and love has never been more necessary."―Domenica Ruta, New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You

  "For readers who believe individuals living below the poverty line are lazy and/or intellectually challenged, this memoir is a stark, necessary corrective.... [T]he narrative also offers a powerful argument for increasing government benefits for the working poor during an era when most benefits are being slashed.... An important memoir that should be required reading for anyone who has never struggled with poverty."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

  "[Maid is a] heartfelt and powerful debut memoir.... Land's love for her daughter... shines brightly through the pages of this beautiful, uplifting story of resilience and survival."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

  "This memoir... tells an honest story many are too afraid to examine."―SheKnows.com
 

詳細資料

  • ISBN:9780316505116
  • 規格:精裝 / 16.5 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm / 普通級

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