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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 | Stephanie Land
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Amiable
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COMPLETED for #NFNov ... the narrative was a bit uneven and repetitive, but it‘s a pick because this is a perspective and experience that needs to be heard.

#TIL: I am astounded and horrified by the number of people who feel it‘s appropriate to tell a person who is using EBT to pay for food “you‘re welcome” because the program is taxpayer-funded. 😡

@Clwojick @rsteve388

Clare-Dragonfly WOW. Does that kind of person also go around telling victims of fires “you‘re welcome”? People who drive on roads? Students at public schools? 😡 2w
Amiable @Clare-Dragonfly I feel like these types of people might actually do some of those things, yes. 😠 2w
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cjk
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Compelling at times, I found parts of this memoir a bit monotonous, and tedious as well. Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Amiable
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About to start one last entry for #NFNov ... although my love affair with nonfiction will definitely continue into December —and beyond! 😀

@rsteve388 @Clwojick

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Amandakay
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❤️❤️❤️

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cjk
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Next audiobook. I seem to do better listening to nonfiction versus reading. Am I alone in this?

Schnoebs The vast majority of my audiobooks are nonfiction. I think it‘s because I feel ok if I miss a bit or two and don‘t feel lost afterward if I do. 2w
Scochrane26 No, I prefer to listen to most NF. But, I‘m having a hard time finding the ones I want to read on Libby. It‘s either a 6 mths wait, they‘re not on there, or only as an ebook. 2w
britt_brooke Same here! I think there are a lot of people who agree. It‘s interesting! 2w
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Megabooks Nope!! Not at all. 2w
TiredLibrarian @Scochrane26 Does your library have a subscription to Hoopla? It has a great collection of ebooks, audiobooks, music & movies, and they're all available when you want. The catch is that you have a limited number of borrows per month; in my system it's 3. Great for things you don't want to wait for, though, like book group reads. 2w
Scochrane26 @TiredLibrarian Yes, I have hoopla. I have a library card for 2 counties, too. I have several on hold, but I‘ve seen some interesting NF this month on Litsy & just haven‘t been able to find them all. 2w
readordierachel Me too 👋🏼 2w
cjk @britt_brooke @Megabooks @readordierachel @Scochrane26 @Schnoebs Yay! Nice to know I‘m in such good company. 😊👍🏽 (edited) 2w
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TheBookHippie
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TiredLibrarian Great list! I read An American Summer and Three Women, and now am about halfway through this one. Several to add to the TBR list, too! 3w
TheBookHippie @TiredLibrarian I added so many !!!!! Now I am adding that too!!! 3w
GingerAntics I liked this list far more! I added quite a few. 3w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I felt the same way!!!! Now to find more reading time 🤣 3w
GingerAntics I‘m going to need to live to about 300 to read every book I want to read. I better start taking my vitamins! 3w
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rather_be_reading
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Yes!!

ShelleyBooksie I tried to like this book and just could not. The main character did not appeal to me :( 3w
Lisa0223 Likewise. 😔 3w
rather_be_reading @SW-T @ShelleyBooksie @Lisa0223 ya alot of people were split on this one. 3w
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Amandakay
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As a single mom of a 4 year old- this completely resonated with me.

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One of my IRL book clubs chose Stephanie Land's Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive as its November pick. This book takes on poverty, access to healthcare, and abuse. Land movingly describes her situation with her daughter, Mia, who she is raising as a single mother who has escaped from an abusive relationship. Land's own family is unable to help her financially, so she works hard-- (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod she takes challenging and low-paying jobs, stays in a loveless relationship, and seeks government assistance--to build a stable life for her and her daughter. At every turn, Land runs up against barriers that prevent her from making a meaningful change in her circumstances. ⬇️ 1mo
UnabridgedPod While I think that Land moving communicates her story and offers commentary on important societal issues, I did think that the writing could have been stronger and more compelling. It is a real-life story, and so I don't expect it to read like fiction. I would, however, like to have seen her articulate conclusions more clearly and communicate her story more succinctly. Overall, this was a solid but not stellar read for me. 1mo
Readswithcoffee I agree with your assessment of the writing. 1mo
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marleed Yea, I thought she addressed the struggle and futility of part-time min wage, no benefits. But as a memoir I wanted her to have more wisdom and onus for her situation. 1mo
UnabridgedPod @marleed Yes! That‘s it exactly. 1mo
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ReadingDownUnder
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Mehso-so

Finished Maid on audio while making cloth napkins for Christmas presents. I didn‘t like it as much as I expected to. #NFNov
#TIL that everyone has a journey to find where they belong, not just me. And all of the journeys look different but have the same worth.
@Clwojick @rsteve388

Kdgordon88 Cute fabric! 1mo
Clwojick Looks great! I love Xmas crafts. 9pts. 1mo
Freespirit Looks cute.. you‘ll have to show the completed item! 1mo
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Chab256
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While the "editor" that resides inside my head was bothered by organizational issues and redundancies with this book, I loved Stephanie and think her story is such an important one! If you think it can't happen to you...it can! If you get a chance, read Maid and then follow her really awesome Facebook page!
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marleed
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I‘m giving this a pick because it is thorough in capturing how part-time minimum wage work sans benefits is not a living wage - especially for a parent raising a child with little family support. (And as a Western Montana girl myself, I get the Missoula thing!) ...But there‘s a miss for me in a memoir when the author lacks any introspection and onus to their current life situation. #NFNov

Bookwormjillk I was torn about this one too. 1mo
Caroline2 I love this photo!! 🥰 1mo
OnlyYoo Beautiful picture 1mo
marleed @Bookwormjillk I thought she painted a meaningful picture of surviving on minimum wage. But I felt like she was blaming her life on everyone and everything around her while only taking oness for good. 1mo
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ReadingDownUnder
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How much does it suck that the more you work and earn, the less you get subsidised so the cycle of poverty continues? #TIL
#NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Bedtime in AU, aka heated bed time! #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen Cute! 1mo
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ReadingDownUnder
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#TIL That I will never write a memoir. The authors always sound self-centred...which is what a memoir is!! 😛
#NFNov
@Clwojick @rsteve388

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Clwojick
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I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, and felt that it was the perfect book to kick off #NFNov! It‘s been on my TBR for quite a while, so I was extremely pleased to find it on CloudLibrary.

I‘m busy crafting right now, so I‘ll be jumping straight into the next one. ♥️🙌🏻

rsteve388 Score.! 1mo
Karisa Great book! She's interesting to follow on Instagram too. https://www.instagram.com/p/B4X5auGHc6s/?igshid=114rbhkjgdnip 1mo
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Clwojick
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Today‘s audiobook for #NFNov. I‘ve been meaning to read this forever, and I‘m glad to finally get around to it. 🧡

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ReadingDownUnder
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Thanks to #NFNov, I‘ve managed to get some Christmas gift crafting done while listening to Maid. Now time for a break. #TodayILearned that people can be selfish and entitled whether they are considered high or low class. And people can be generous and gracious,regardless of class. The world is full of gray. #TIL
@Clwojick @rsteve388

Bookwormjillk Beautiful! 1mo
Smarkies I love crafting whilst listening to audiobooks / podcasts. 😄 1mo
Clwojick Ooo. This is what I'm currently listening to as well. 😍 1mo
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ShelleyBooksie What beautiful gifts! I really want to learn to sew 1mo
rsteve388 4 pts 1mo
Crazeedi Pincushions?? Gorgeous! 1mo
ReadingDownUnder @Crazeedi Yep! Petal Pincushions. The ones on YouTube are much more coordinated. I‘m just using what I gots! 1mo
ReadingDownUnder @ShelleyBooksie My quilting group exchanges hand-made gifts. But they‘re all talented and retired!! 🤯 1mo
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ReadingDownUnder
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Finally got this from the library! Just in time for #NFNov.
@Clwojick @rsteve388

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“the pain didn‘t like to be ignored. it needed to be loved, just as i needed to be loved”

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This was hard to read. A compelling story about the mistake of keeping a baby as a teenage mom and not having the ability or desire to relocate to a place where she can earn a living. Makes me sympathetic to all these women and grateful.

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Dre43
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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..tightly-focused, well-written memoir... It's a great read

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AlizaApp
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Memoir about a single mother‘s struggle to make ends meet. She deals with homelessness, abusive relationships, indifferent family, and several kinds of government assistance. She is very clear on how much is costs to be poor and how hard it can be to make it on your own. Really moving and also has incisive social commentary.

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rather_be_reading
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I absolutely loved Stephanie's story. I can definitely see why it was on Obama's reading list. It was so real and raw it was heartbreaking at times and I am so glad it had a happy ending. Def. recommend.

TheDaysGoBy The cookie looks yummy! Peanut butter? 3mo
rather_be_reading @TheDaysGoBy ty! actually it was blueberry oatmeal 🤤🤤 3mo
TheDaysGoBy @rather_be_reading that sounds good! 3mo
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Lunch time

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MsLeah8417
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Quick paced read so far #Maid #stephanieland

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rather_be_reading
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Out of work waiting to see Colson Whitehead tonight!! Of course I had to get an espresso so I could stay awake 🤣

DrexEdit So jealous! Colson Whitehead! 😊👍🏻🎉 3mo
Ncostell You‘re going to have a great time-I saw him speak this summer and he was amazing. 3mo
rather_be_reading @DrexEdit he was so great! 3mo
rather_be_reading @Ncostell he really was! 3mo
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Parts of this book were relevant & parts infuriated me. I‘ve never been a single parent but I did work as a maid. The struggle to make ends meet on minimum wage is relevant. The whining about organic milk is ridiculous. Doing back breaking work for low pay & no benefits is a relevant story. Trying on your clients clothes & snooping through their things is unacceptable. For most of the book she came off as snobby & entitled. Could‘ve been better.

wen4blu Totally agree....I just found her so annoying by the end. 3mo
Megabooks Yup! Great review of an over-hyped book! 3mo
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teainthelibrary
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Very complicated feelings with this one - it brought up a lot of memories of my sister who was a single mom, and how difficult it was for her, and for us also. Reading this, I felt the same frustrations I felt then. I‘m not sure what I would rate it, to be honest. Stephanie Land is a good writer, no doubt, but her story lacked something. Was worth a read regardless.

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Mehso-so

As I write this, I‘m not sure if this is a Pick or a So-So. I did read it in one sitting because the story went quickly. I guess I just never know how to feel about poor white people making it a point to show that they REALLY don‘t have that much privilege. How much of her ability to climb out of poverty is a result of white privilege is a question that bugged me at the end. The rest of it, I already knew from Nickle and Dimed.

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Kappadeemom
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I‘m sure this is an unpopular opinion; however, some of this book seems as judgmental as she feels others are to her. I agree with 99% of what she discussed. In reality, unfortunately there ARE people that take advantage of the “system”. With that being said, there is a lot we can do better.

8little_paws I agree she was judgmental at times. I thought that made it interesting though. 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Strong debut, I look forward to reading more from this author. Maid is an honest and unflinching look at how many Americans struggle to make ends meet and live with dignity. I think the world would be better if we all had a clearer understanding of families like Land‘s and their reality. Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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My library has a Lucky Day shelf, and this is the second time I‘ve gotten lucky!

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Twainy
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🎧 definitely worth a listen. There‘s a lot of truth here but also it‘s just one opinion, the author‘s own point of view. It was well written and very interesting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️5/8

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Lunch book date!

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Twainy
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Maid by Stephanie Land. I have no idea what this book is about. It was a recommendation & sat on hold at the library until yesterday. I LOVE the library! I‘m making up for my lack of childhood library use as an adult. 😁 I cant say it enough ... I LOVE THE LIBRARY! Thank you Hoopla & OverDrive ... bringing books to those of us who apparently work ‘library hours‘. These are my current loans. Excited! Not sure where to start! 🤗🥰

MelissaSue81 I just finished Maid the other day. I didn‘t think I wanted to read it but I did because Obama put it on his list and I was really glad that I read it. It was really good! 3mo
MelissaSue81 I also LOVED Educated and The Immortalists. I didn‘t like How Not to Die Alone but I think I was in the minority. 3mo
Twainy MelissaSue81 - (I have no idea how to reply directly on this app, sorry) it may have been your recommendation because those both sound familiar! I‘m totally excited to start. 3mo
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Boy,I struggled with this one. I absolutely feel for anyone living in poverty and raising children alone, but something about this author just rubbed me the wrong way. I wanted to be sympathetic but some of her life choices made it difficult.

goodbyefrancie I felt the same way. A little too "feel sorry for me", not sure exactly what it was. 3mo
Brenda @goodbyefrancie I'm not exactly sure either, but if I had to pick one stand out moment where she really lost me,it was the diamond ring. 3mo
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MelissaSue81
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I read this book because it was on Obama‘s list. I hadn‘t thought I really wanted to much. But I started it and couldn‘t put it down. While I‘ve never been a single mom, or homeless, and I‘d be a terrible maid, I definitely identify with the feeling that missing a day, or sometimes even an hour of work can make or break you. This book probably could have benefited from some editing but overall, excellent.

Jenken1998 I enjoyed that one also! 3mo
The_Real_Nani I just grabbed this from the Lucky Day shelf at my library. Can‘t wait to read it! 3mo
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Summer nights are for baseball and reading!

Leftcoastzen Agree!😀⚾️ (edited) 3mo
Mishu94 You have to leave a reviewww pleaseeee 😭 3mo
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rather_be_reading @Mishu94 it will be up after i get back from italy! bt so far its great 3mo
Mishu94 @rather_be_reading okayyyy! Have a good timeee 🤗 3mo
rather_be_reading @Mishu94 in case you didnt see, i posted my review a few days ago 😊 3mo
Mishu94 @rather_be_reading I‘ll go check it out! Thank youu 😊 3mo
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Isnt this THE cutest reading spot?!! I do have to put down a blanket on the wet spot but it is soooo relaxing and i can just get lost in my book

Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 3mo
brit91 A great reading spot!😍 3mo
rather_be_reading @brit91 ty so much 3mo
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Lets do this!! Only a few hours standing in the way of a nice 3 day weekend!

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There is nothing more decompressing than reading on the train after work. It helps me reflect and let me go of my work when i leave the office. #selfcare

Joyfulmimi How are you liking that book? I could not get into it. 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I live in rural Oklahoma. Commuting means driving. I've always envied places with trains just for this reason.🚈 3mo
LapReader Same for me. 3mo
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Scochrane26 @Crinoline_Laphroaig I agree. I‘m in Ky. I listen to podcasts & audio on my commute. 3mo
Godislove @Crinoline_Laphroaig & @Scochrane26 i was going to suggest audiobooks. I checked out audiobooks from the library and would listen to them while driving. 1 + the books calmed me down when navigating busy traffic. 2 + i was able to learn about topics while driving home. 3 + patronizing libraries support of libraries. Win/Win situation. God is love. 3mo
Bookwormjillk I love reading on my commute. I thought telecommuting two days a week would lessen my stress but I really feel it when I miss too much reading time! 3mo
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rather_be_reading
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Time to dig into this book on my break!

Vivlio_Gnosi Ah-ha, I see what you did there. 3mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m starting this today too! 3mo
Mishu94 Let me know how you like it after you‘re done, pleaseeee! ☺️ 3mo
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Samplergal I really loved it. All Congressmen and congresswomen should be made to read this. 3mo
Amor4Libros Loved this one!! 3mo
allureofbeauty I have this one on my tbr 3mo
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Book 125 of 2019
#botm #botmbacklog

The_Real_Nani I want to read this book! Have you read Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich? That‘s what this title and description makes me think of. 3mo
KyrstinElizabeth Nickeled and Dimed is great! 3mo
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Amandajoy
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I‘m listening to this & trying to keep an open mind. But, I just got to the part about the organic milk and I thought my head was going to explode. As a Registered Dietitian, who works with SNAP recipients on a regular basis, I work to help patients understand that any vegetable, whether canned, fresh, or frozen, is great & organic is a political decision not a nutritional one. This made me want to scream. Trying to decide if I will finish. 🤯

megnews I didn‘t get to organic milk before I stopped. But I just read a similar comment about it the other day. 3mo
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Ignore the crazy eyed kitty who ran into my photo because I stopped playing with him. 😁

I just finished up this wonderful, painfully honest book and I can't recommend it enough. Growing up my parents didn't have much, and at times we had food stamps to get by, but like Stephanie and Mia, we always had a house full of love no matter what hardships life tossed our way.

I'm thankful that the author had the courage to tell her story.

Lauram 😻 3mo
Clwojick 😹😹😹 Adorable 3mo
brit91 Awwwww soooo cute!😻 3mo
Erofan Cutie 😻 3mo
Leftcoastzen 😻😻❤️So cute! 3mo
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While the overall tone is not one that I would necessarily consider inspiring, maybe even a bit defeatist... her story was fascinating and one that needs to be told. In many ways I found myself relating to her experiences, but in other ways I wished that she would take responsibility for her choices. Either way, I sit here pondering her experience and reflecting on my own which I think makes it a must read.

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Mitch
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Always a pleasure ...

https://www.insidehook.com/article/books/obamas-book-recommendations

Ps. The Maid made it to his nightstand... now we just need to get him signed up for our #botmbuddyread ! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @TheBookHippie

kspenmoll Love your idea of a #buddyread!!! 4mo
kspenmoll Thanks; great article 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That would be great!!! 👏🏻🙌🏻 4mo
TheBookHippie Yaaaaaas!!!!!! Oh I miss him so... 4mo
Mitch @TheBookHippie true world does too x 😭 4mo
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Did you guys see Barack's Summer reading! I def will be checking some of these out!

ShelleyBooksie I tried Maid and it was of my few dnfs. 4mo
rather_be_reading @ShelleyBooksie oh no! i heard wonderful things abt tht o e 4mo
SW-T Love his lists! So widely read and always interesting choices. 4mo
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