Do similar covers or titles catch your eye? Often, for me, it’s just two books at a time. The big payoff is when you come across three on a theme published close to one another, as in these recent stellar books — a memoir, a biography, and a novel — with their yellow-gloved covers.
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land (2019)
A college essay, “Confessions of a Housekeeper,” laid the groundwork for this memoir of young woman’s struggles as a single parent living in poverty while pursuing her education. Stephanie Land and her infant daughter lived in a homeless shelter in Mount Vernon, Washington, when she began cleaning houses. “More than any book in recent memory, Land nails the sheer terror that comes with being poor, the exhausting vigilance of knowing that any misstep or twist of fate will push you deeper into the hole,” said a review in the Boston Globe. If you enjoyed Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed, this is a book for you (and Ehrenreich wrote the introduction to Maid). If you enjoy excellent writing and strong memoirs, like Educated by Tara Westover, this is a book for you. It’s currently in our Peak Picks collection, so stop by your SPL branch and pick it up. Continue reading “Three on a Theme: Yellow-Gloved Covers”