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Stephanie Land talks about her new memoir, Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education.
When Stephanie Land's her first book, a memoir titled Maid, was handpicked by President Barack Obama as one of the best books of 2019 and adapted into the hit Netflix series Maid, which was viewed by 67 million households, garnering three prime time Emmy Award nominations. Stephanie’s escape from poverty and abuse in search of a better life inspired millions. Maid was a story about a housecleaner—and a woman with a dream.
In Class, Land takes us with her as she finishes college and pursues her writing career. Facing barriers at every turn, including a byzantine loan system, not having enough money for food, and navigating the judgments of professors and fellow students who didn’t understand the demands of attending college while under the poverty line—Land finds a way to survive once again, finally graduating in her mid-thirties.
Class paints an intimate and heartbreaking portrait of motherhood as it converges and often conflicts with personal desire and professional ambition. In clear, candid, and moving prose, Class offers a searing indictment of America’s educational system and an inspiring testimony of a mother’s triumph against all odds.
About the Author
Stephanie Land is the author of the New York Times bestseller Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, inspiration for the Netflix series Maid. Her writing focuses on social and economic justice and parenting under the poverty line.
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