Hard Work, Low Pay, and A Mother's Will to Survive

Audiobook CD - 2019 | Unabridged
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A economic-hardship journalist describes the years she worked in low-paying domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.
Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Audio, [2019]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2019
ISBN: 9781549173950
Branch Call Number: CD BIOGRAPHY Lan, 7 disc
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (approximately 8 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
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Additional Contributors: Ehrenreich, Barbara


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IndyPL_CarriG Dec 09, 2019

A compelling personal narrative about the harsh realities of being a single working parent in poverty, Land's memoir is intense and voyeuristic. Her honesty and earnestness is apparent, and she eschews from much commentary on the social "morals" behind limiting help for single moms, and instead just tells her personal story. Some people are turned off by books that talk a lot about politics so I thought I'd mention that. However it's clear from her struggles that the system does not set people up for success, and that being able to pull one's self up by one's own bootstraps is not as easy as it used to be – especially for single parents without childcare.

The memoir becomes more fun when Land dishes on the homes of her clients – it turns from the story of a working-class struggle to a slightly gossipy guilty pleasure. At times it’s sad, when she talks about the illness and loneliness of some of her clients, and at times inspirational, like when one client picked up a couple of extra lobsters for her and she was overwhelmed by his kindness. If I ever get to the point where I have to hire someone to help clean my home, I’ll probably read this again to make sure I’m not one of the bad ones.

A great read that's eye-opening in several different ways - highly recommended!

OPL_BethS Apr 03, 2019

The author narrated, and it was wonderful and added to the experience-I felt I could even hear her voice quivering with emotion as she read certain passages.


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