Stephanie Land: Maid with Alissa Quart
Where: Books Are Magic
225 Smith St.
718-246-2665 Price: Free
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While she worked hard to scratch her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labor jobs, higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren’t being told. The stories of overworked and underpaid Americans.
Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, 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. With this book, she gives voice to the “servant” worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.
Stephanie Land is a journalist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
Alissa Quart is the executive editor of the journalism non-profit Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She co-founded its current incarnation with Barbara Ehrenreich. She is also the author of four books includingSqueezed, Branded, Republic of Outsiders and the poetry book Monetized. She writes the Outclassed column for The Guardian. This year, she received Columbia University’s Journalism School’s 2018 Alumni Award and an Emmy in Documentary in the Social Issue category. She was a 2010 Nieman fellow and a National Magazine Award finalist.Buy tickets/get more info now