Stephanie Land is an American author who writes about poverty in the United States.
There are many misconceptions surrounding poverty in America. Author Stephanie Land (@stepville) joins Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to discuss her experiences as a maid and how those myths affect policy and perceptions of low income people. They talked about what government should be doing, and what individual people can do to make other’s lives easier. Afterwards they dive into the psychological effects of poverty and coping mechanisms. Stephanie leaves us with some tangible advice: offer to babysit, and flush your damn toilet. Interested in Stephanie’s book? Click here to purchase a copy.Thanks to our sponsors!With Gobble, your meal kit is delivered fresh to your doorstep each week. There’s no planning, shopping... or even prepping for the meal. Get dinner for two for 3 Nights – for just $36!  Only available if you go to my special URL. Get this special offer now - go to: you heard about this company making stylish shoes for women and girls out of recycled plastic water bottles? Oh, and they’re insanely comfortable and machine washable. Rothy’s has quickly grown to a most-loved, gotta-have-them brand. It’s no surprise they have over 1,000 nearly perfect reviews. Go to and enter wflt to get your new favorite flats and free shipping.Sticking to a weight loss plan can be hard, especially when you don’t know how to handle the thoughts and obstacles that hold you back from making progress. Most people who lose weight gain it all back. Why? Because most weight loss plans just tell you what to do while you’re on the plan, not after. With Noom you’ll lose the guilt and learn how to develop a new relationship with food. What do you have to lose? Visit to start your trial today.No one really has time to go to the post office. You’re busy. Who’s got time for all that traffic, parking, lugging all your mail and packages? It’s a real hassle! That’s why you need – one of the most popular time-saving tools for small businesses. eliminates trips to the Post Office AND saves you money with discounts that you can’t even get at the Post Office! Right now, my listeners get a special offer that includes a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment.  Just go to, click on the Microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in FRIENDS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The first guest on the program is Stephanie Land, author of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mothers Will to Survive. The book 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."  Today on the B&N Podcast, our guest is Stephanie Land, the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive.  In this riveting debut, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for Spring 2019, Land chronicles her journey across the invisible line that separates "middle class" from "working poor" in America; the world of exhaustion, neglect and invisibility experienced on the other side; and how she nurtured her own dreams for her writing and for her daughter as she navigated a world of uncertain employment, byzantine bureaucracy, and the constant threat of the wolf at the door.  The result is an electric read that stands next to Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed and Matthew Desmond's Evicted with its deeply personal view of the everyday struggles of millions.  In this episode, Stephanie Land talks with Miwa Messer about how she turned her experience into this poignant true story.
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Stephanie Land, author of Maid, published just this month by Hachette. Stephanie HAS been a maid, a single parent, a free lance writer, and no offense a part of America’s underclass. And now she has written her memoir of her struggles and her overcoming of those struggles. Stephanie’s work has appeared in the NYT, The New York Review of Books, the WP, The Guardian, Salon, The Nation and many other periodicals. Maid is her first book. Maid deals with hard work, poverty, guilt, anguish and a larger picture about America today and an underclass, if you will, that flies under the radar of most Americans. It also explores the emotional turmoil, in additional to the monetary one. This adds to the difficulty one suffers when they are the lowest rung on the system. Maid explores self reliance, shame and the ability, if one has the strength and the fortitude to raise themselves by ones own bootstraps. And this all occurs with the added burden of having to raise a child as a single Mom, which is hard enough for any Mom whatever their socio-economic stance. Stephanie tells us, through her own life stories about these questions, and in many ways the answers that can be found.
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