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|Author||: Stephanie Land|
BARACK OBAMA'S SUMMER READING PICK, 2019. BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK. Educated meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid. A beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in the western world. Includes a foreword by international bestelling author Barbara Ehrenreich. 'My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.' As a struggling single mum, determined to keep a roof over her daughter's head, Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, working long hours in order to provide for her small family. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society. As she worked hard to climb her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labour jobs as a cleaner whilst also juggling higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told. The stories of the overworked and underpaid. Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid explores the underbelly of the upper-middle classes and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. 'I'd become a nameless ghost,' Stephanie writes. With this book, she gives voice to the 'servant' worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.
|Author||: Stephanie Land|
|Editor||: Hachette UK|
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INSPIRATION FOR THE UPCOMING NETFLIX SERIES "A single mother's personal, unflinching look at America's class divide, a description of the tightrope many families walk just to get by, and a reminder of the dignity of all work." -PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, Obama's Summer Reading List At 28, Stephanie Land's dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer quickly dissolved when a summer fling turned into an unplanned pregnancy. Before long, she found herself a single mother, scraping by as a housekeeper to make ends meet. Maid is an emotionally raw, masterful account of Stephanie's years spent in service to upper middle class America as a "nameless ghost" who quietly shared in her clients' triumphs, tragedies, and deepest secrets. Driven to carve out a better life for her family, she cleaned by day and took online classes by night, writing relentlessly as she worked toward earning a college degree. She wrote of the true stories that weren't being told: of living on food stamps and WIC coupons, of government programs that barely provided housing, of aloof government employees who shamed her for receiving what little assistance she did. Above all else, she wrote about pursuing the myth of the American Dream from the poverty line, all the while slashing through deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor. Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not hers alone. It is an inspiring testament to the courage, determination, and ultimate strength of the human spirit.
|Author||: Wanitta Praks|
|Editor||: Wanitta Praks|
Giovanni Dente She was his maid. She was his lover. But now… She was gone. Giovanni Dente, the mafia boss of the Dente Clan, exudes power, arrogance, and charisma. No one dares to cross him, until one did, taking away his most beloved, Jenny Stone. They had kidnapped her. And now there’s hell to pay. He’ll go in with guns blazing, not stopping until she’s with him again. Because to her, he’s totally devoted. Jenny Stone I was his maid. I was his lover. But now, who am I? Jenny is in love with the billionaire mafia boss, Giovanni Dente. For the past four months, she’d experienced it all. The love he gave to her, the care he bestowed upon her. It was all like a sweet dream. But it really was a dream, because now she has to wake up and face reality. She was not the person Giovanni loved. She was not his Jennifer. Reality hit her like a punch to the gut. Is it too late to tell him she loves him? Is it too late to make him love her? Because no matter what he says and does, her heart is totally devoted to him. Note: The conclusion to Jenny and Giovanni's love story. This final book ends with a happy ending.
|Author||: Margaret Forster|
A historical novel rekindles the passion between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as Barrett's housekeeper and closest friend tells the story of their elopement and of her devoted service to her lady. Reader's Guide included. Reissue. 25,000 first printing.
|Author||: Nita Prose|
"I am your maid. I'm the one who cleans your hotel room, leaving it pristine. When I'm finished, your bed is as fresh as though no one had ever lain there. Your jewelry is arranged on a fresh white towel. Your mirror reflects your face of innocence back at you.... I am your maid. I know so much about you. But when it comes down to it: you know nothing about me." Molly Dunn is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and interprets people literally. A smile means you're happy. "Thank you" means you're grateful. Her Gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by. Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has had to navigate life's complexities all by herself. No matter--she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisply pressed uniform each morning, stocking her trolley with hygienically wrapped soaps and miniature shampoo bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection. But Molly's orderly life is turned upside down when she enters the penthouse suite of Charles Black, an infamous wealthy guest, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself very dead in his bed. Did he die of natural causes or was he murdered? When the police arrive, they question Molly and soon misread her odd demeanour as guilt. She finds herself lost in a world of subtext and subterfuge, until help arrives in the form of some very unusual friends--a portly hotel doorman, a shy dishwasher, and a no-nonsense lawyer. The Maid is about what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different. A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a feel-good journey of the spirit, this whodunnit reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.
|Author||: Audrey Andrews|
|Editor||: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press|
January 21, 1995: Dorothy Joudrie is arrested for attempting to murder her estranged husband. Soon after, Audrey Andrews begins to write her book. Audrey and Dorothy had known each other as children, but the identification of Andrews with Joudrie goes beyond merely the accident of a childhood acquaintance. It has to do with being subjected to the same societal constraints placed on girls and women during the years immediately following World War II, the years in which they had prepared for their adult lives. Expectations, placidly accepted then, are now seen as unrealistic and unreasonable. Did these expectations have some part in causing the tragedy in Dorothy Joudrie’s life? When Andrews attempted to understand why Dorothy Joudrie had tried to kill her husband, and to write Joudrie’s story, she began to examine her own life, her own expectations — those she had of herself and those others had of her. She also realized that telling the story of anyone is an intricate and often ephemeral pursuit. Any story she wrote could only be her version of Joudrie’s experience. Nevertheless, it was important to be as honest as she could about her interpretation of that life. She determined to show carefully and accurately the damage that had been done to one woman — damage that is still being done to many others — through prejudice, attitudes, traditions and the institutions that are still the foundation of our society, and of our lives, everyday. The result is a fascinating account of events leading up to the trial, the trial itself and the effect of Joudrie’s trial on the life of Audrey Andrews.
|Author||: Rosalind Miles|
Isolde's day has come. In Ireland, her mother, the Queen, lies dying. The throne of the Emerald Isle, one of the last strongholds of the goddess, awaits her. But while Ireland is her destiny, Isolde is already Queen of Cornwall, trapped in a loveless marriage to its mean-spirited King Mark. Her true love is his nephew, Tristan of Lyonesse, who has never married, remaining faithful only to Isolde. Across the sea in France, a young princess who shares Isolde's name enters the story. King Hoel named his daughtor in honor of Isolde of Ireland, and young Isolde of France has always been determined to outdo her beautiful namesake. She is a physician, too, and is called "Blanche Mains," for her white hands and healing touch. Blanche is of an age to be married, and she has chosen her husband—Tristan of Lyonesse. Her father objects, but fate favors Blanche. King Mark has become suspicious of his wife and nephew, and when Tristan is wounded in battle, he sees a chance to separate them for good. Mark sends Tristan to France to be healed by Blanche, who makes the most of the opportunity. Tristan's letters to Isolde are intercepted, and he is told that she has given him up. Near death from his wounds, Tristan sends one last, desparate letter to Isolde by a trusted servant. He is dying, he tells her, and asks for one final sign of their love. If she can forgive him for betraying her, she must come to France in a ship set with white sails. If the ship's sails are black, however, he will know that she no longer loves him. Isolde immediately leaves for France, but when Blanche sees the white-sailed ship from the castle window, she pulls the curtains and tells Tristan that the sails are black. To her horror, he turns his face to the wall and dies. There ends the traditional medieval story of Tristan and Isolde—with betrayal, death, and grief. But the original Irish lengend ends differently, and so does this book, wth magic and drama as only Rosalind Miles could write it.
|Author||: Marie Benedict|
|Editor||: Sourcebooks, Inc.|
The USA Today Bestseller From the author of The Other Einstein comes the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty. Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home. If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady's maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn't have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can't let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future — and her family's. With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist.
|Author||: Mari Yoshino|
|Editor||: Kodansha America LLC|
As she comes to know the kinder, sweeter side of Leon, Niko finds her feelings for him expanding ever greater—and between a camping trip and a seaside autograph gig, this summer's events are bringing them even closer to each other. But now Leon's friend Ruka's giving Niko a few signals of his own...and the appearance of a very unexpected figure totally flummoxes Niko! Things start to accelerate in the tale of a handsome actor and his totally inexperienced maid!
|Author||: Dani Collins|
“You will come to Spain. You will marry me…” For sweet maid Poppy Harris, her one and only passionate experience was scorching and absolutely forbidden. She shouldn’t have succumbed to Spanish aristocrat Rico Montero’s tantalizing seduction, but his touch was all consuming…and had a nine-month consequence! Poppy believes they could never be anything more. Until Rico appears on her doorstep demanding his hidden daughter—and determined to make Poppy his wife! Enjoy this intensely dramatic marriage of convenience!
|Author||: Daniel Woodrell|
|Editor||: Little, Brown|
The American master's first novel since Winter's Bone tells of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations. Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident? Alma thinks she knows the answer-and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. Her dogged pursuit of justice makes her an outcast and causes a long-standing rift with her own son. By telling her story to her grandson, she finally gains some solace-and peace for her sister. He is advised to "Tell it. Go on and tell it"-tell the story of his family's struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.
|Author||: Edgar Rice Burroughs|
|Editor||: U of Nebraska Press|
In the late twentieth century, Admiral Julian 3rd can get no rest, for he knows his future. He will be reborn as his grandson in the next century to journey through space andømake an ominous discovery inside the moon; he will live again in the dark years of the twenty-second century as Julian 9th, who refuses to bow down to the victorious Moon Men; and as Julian 20th, the fierce Red Hawk, he will lead humanity's final battle against the alien invaders in the twenty-fifth century. The Moon Maid is Edgar Rice Burroughs's stunning epic of a world conquered by alien invaders from the moon and of the hero Julian, who champions the earth's struggle for freedom, peace, and dignity. ø The most complete version of The Moon Maid saga ever made available, this edition contains the story as published serially, along with numerous passages, sentences, and words excised from the magazine version or added later by the author. This edition also features an introduction by Terry Bisson, new illustrations by Thomas Floyd, the classic frontispiece by J. Allen St. John, essays by scholar Richard J. Golsan and writer Phillip R. Burger, a glossary by Scott Tracy Griffin, and a compendium of alterations to the text.
|Author||: Alice Munro|
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013 In this series of interweaving stories, Munro recreates the evolving bond between two women in the course of almost forty years. One is Flo, practical, suspicious of other people's airs, at times dismayingly vulgar. the other is Rose, Flo's stepdaughter, a clumsy, shy girl who somehow leaves the small town she grew up in to achieve her own equivocal success in the larger world.
|Author||: Maid Molly|
|Editor||: Penguin Canada|
With 30 years' experience and locations in six countries, Molly Maid knows that cleaning doesn't have to be daunting. Molly Maid's proven professional experience will help you make every type of living space beautiful. From multiple-bedroom houses to bachelor apartments, the Molly Maid experts explain realistic, simple methods to add sparkle. With professional advice on cleaning products, green cleaning tips, and easy-to-follow directions, you can quickly and easily give your home Molly Maid's Pink Glove Treatment.®
|Editor||: Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid|
An all-new story about working the 9-5 with Elma from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid! This charming series is about the work-and-eat life of Elma, one of the dragons from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.
|Author||: Wanitta Praks|
|Editor||: Wanitta Praks Media|
“From today onwards, you are deemed as my lover. Be prepared to meet your fate.” And those are the words that came out of the very man who makes her heart flutter, Giovanni Dente, the mafia boss with movie star good looks and a coffee addict. Between working as his maid and brewing his coffee as payment to her father’s three-million-dollar debt, Jenny finds she has to fight off his advances, using every skill she possess not to be lured into his seductive trap. But what could a poor student like her do when every touch and kiss Giovanni bestowed upon her has her craving for more? Jenny knows her defense is about to break down because this mafia boss is totally alluring. Note: Maid to the Mafia is a romantic comedy mafia romance series. This second book comes complete with a happy ending. Maid to the Mafia series Book 1: Totally Captivated (free to download) Book 2: Totally Alluring Book 3: Totally Intoxicated Book 4: Totally Devoted (preorder available now)
|Author||: Catherine Cookson|
When Millie's mother abandons her one late afternoon in 1854, fate brings the seven-year-old to Aggie's door - and life will never be the same for either of them. Known locally as 'Raggie Aggie' for her business of trading rags and old clothes, the older woman knows the dangers waiting for such a strikingly pretty girl left alone in their rough area of Newcastle, and sees no other option but to take her in. The unlikely pair soon form an unexpectedly strong bond. But there will be obstacles in their paths - will their friendship survive? Whatever happens, their relationship will change their lives for ever... Catherine Cookson was the original and bestselling saga writer, selling over 100 million copies of her novels. If you like Dilly Court, Katie Flynn or Donna Douglas, you'll love Catherine Cookson.
|Author||: Nicole Constable|
|Editor||: Cornell University Press|
The forms of discipline range from physical abuse to intrusive regulations including restrictions on hair length and the prohibition of lipstick.