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Julsmarshall
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Mehso-so

Meh, it was okay. Maybe I wasn‘t in the middle but the writing seemed clunky and childish and the story fell flat for me. I nearly bailed on it but the promise of a trial kept me reading

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Amandakay
Pickpick

As a single mom of a 4 year old- this completely resonated with me.

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UnabridgedPod
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Mehso-so

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. ⬇️ 1w
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. 1w
Readswithcoffee I agree with your assessment of the writing. 1w
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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. 1w
UnabridgedPod @marleed Yes! That‘s it exactly. 1w
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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! 1w
Clwojick Looks great! I love Xmas crafts. 9pts. 1w
Freespirit Looks cute.. you‘ll have to show the completed item! 1w
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Chab256
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Pickpick

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!
⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

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marleed
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Pickpick

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. 2w
Caroline2 I love this photo!! 🥰 2w
OnlyYoo Beautiful picture 2w
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. 2w
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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! 2w
rsteve388 4 pts 2w
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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

rsteve388 4 pts 2w
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Clwojick
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Pickpick

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.! 2w
Karisa Great book! She's interesting to follow on Instagram too. https://www.instagram.com/p/B4X5auGHc6s/?igshid=114rbhkjgdnip 2w
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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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