Society / Memoirs

by Stephanie Land
January 2019 – Hachette Books

“I spent 2 years cleaning houses. What I saw makes me never want to be rich.”

MAID is the story of a single mother’s journey from cleaning house to finding home. As she struggled to support her young daughter and put herself through college, Stephanie Land cleaned houses for five years—hilariously and poignantly discovering a deep underbelly of her clients’ stress, sadness, and loneliness. Along the way, she learned what having a home really means: and it has nothing to do with how much bric-a-brac is on your shelves.

Stephanie Land is a writing fellow at the Center for Community Change, where she writes about social and economic justice. As a freelance writer, her work has been featured in The New York TimesThe NationThe GuardianSalonThe Washington Post and several more. Through her op-eds, blog posts (, radio appearances, and other methods of outreach, seeks to provide a first-person account of life in poverty—a voice she feels is rare and should be heard.


“We need more books like MAID, with the view from behind the fridge and under the couch. Stephanie Land has something to teach us about both sides of the inequality divide. Neither is what you are expecting.”—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of NICKEL AND DIMED: On (NOT) getting by in America