New book explores single mom's rise from the grips of poverty

Stephanie Land discusses candid memoir, "Maid." (ABC7)

Ten years ago, with just 200 dollars to her name, Stephanie Land escaped the vicious grip of an abusive relationship and moved into a homeless shelter with her then 9-month-old daughter. Eventually finding work cleaning houses, she polished and perfected others’ homes while hers was in shambles. For years, she scraped by on end’s meet and what she calls a “broken system of government assistance.” Through the exhaustion and hunger of being a single mom on food stamps – Stephanie dreamed of being a writer and put herself college – earning an English degree in 2014. Now a mom of two, she documents her rise from the ash with the inspirational memoir, “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive.”

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