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November 28, 2023 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A Virtual Evening with Stephanie Land & May-lee Chai


Books & Books


November 28, 2023
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm



Books & Books and Book Passage present…


in conversation with

May-lee Chai


Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education

(Atria/One Signal Publishers, $28.00)

Tuesday, November 28th, 8:30 PM ET


Books & Books in partnership with Book Passage is thrilled to welcome author Stephanie Land for her inspiring memoir, Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education(Atria/One Signal Publishers, $28.00). This is an exclusive online event at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT on Saturday, November 28th. She will be in conversation with May-lee Chai.

Please RSVP before November 28th to gain access to the event. An email with the event link will be sent on the day of the event to all attendees.

Don’t miss out on getting a signed copy from Land in this exclusive event! Make sure to RSVP to get access to it.

About the Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author who inspired the hit Netflix series about a struggling mother barely making ends meet as a housecleaner—a gripping memoir about college, motherhood, poverty, and life after Maid.

When Stephanie Land set out to write her memoir Maid, she never could have imagined what was to come. Handpicked by President Barack Obama as one of the best books of 2019, it was called “an eye-opening journey into the lives of the working poor” (People). Later it was adapted into the hit Netflix series Maid, which was viewed by 67 million households and was Netflix’s fourth most-watched show in 2021, garnering three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Stephanie’s escape out of poverty and abuse in search of a better life inspired millions.

Maid was a story about a housecleaner, but it was also a story about 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, 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. Who has the right to create art? Who has the right to go to college? And what kind of work is valued in our culture? In clear, candid, and moving prose, Class grapples with these questions, offering 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, called “a testimony…worth listening to,” by The New York Times and inspiration for the Netflix series Maid. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and many other outlets. Her writing focuses on social and economic justice and parenting under the poverty line. She is a frequent speaker at colleges and national advocacy organizations. Find out more at @Stepville or Stepville.com.

About the Moderator:

May-lee Chai is an American author of fiction and nonfiction. She is also currently an associate professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University. May-lee is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; 2014 APALA (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association) Literary Award. She is the author of eleven books, including three novels, My Lucky Face, Dragon Chica, and Tiger Girl; the novella, Training Days; two works of memoir, The Girl from Purple Mountain (co-authored with her father) and the American Book Award–winning short story collection Useful Phrases for Immigrants.May-lee Chai is an American author of fiction and nonfiction. She is also currently an associate professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.