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The Maid's Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream Hardcover – September 1, 2011


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"A moving work that deconstructs the American Dream at the fraught intersection of race, class and gender."-Kirkus,

"A valuable case study and a dramatic life story, this oral history explores identity and illuminates race, class, and gender in America at a peculiarly intimate intersection between upper-middle-class white families and the women of color who provide domestic labor for them." -Library Journal,

"This detailed, intimate investigation of domestic work from the perspective of a domestic worker's child is a significant achievement that reads like a more academic Random Family."
-Publishers Weekly,

"Mary Romero, sociology professor at Arizona State University, transforms twenty years of recorded interviews with a woman referred to as “Olivia Sanchez” into a highly readable book which juxtaposes Olivia’s story, as told to Romero, with sociological commentary, research and selected interviews with other children of domestic workers. This thought provoking study raises many questions to wrestle with on both individual and societal levels."-Leslie Starasta,Englewood Review of Books

"[Romero] transforms twenty years of recorded interviews with a woman referred to as 'Olivia Sanchez' into a highly readable book which juxtaposes Olivia’s story, as told to Romero, with sociological commentary, research and selected interviews with other children of domestic workers.  This thought provoking study raises many questions to wrestle with on both individual and societal levels… Open-minded readers may find their views transformed after reading this engaging narrative." -Englewood Review of Books,

About the Author

Mary Romero is Professor of Justice Studies at Arizona University. She is the author or editor of many books, including Maid in the U.S.A. In 2012, she was awarded the Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award by the Latino/Latina Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814776426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814776421
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marion S. Goldman on September 15, 2011
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I just finished THE MAID"S DAUGHTER. It's a book that will be read 50 years from now. And it's both great reading and an extraordinary academic contribution. This book synthesizes decades of scholarship; careful, intimate ethnography/oral history; and beautiful writing. It will have both a personal and a political impact on anyone who reads it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jessica mitchell on May 11, 2013
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I bought this book for a Sociology class. It was very educational and informative. It was also a very good, interesting story to read. It gives an in-depth look at what its like to live in two worlds....that of the rich and that of the poor immigrant.
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By Carlos on April 28, 2014
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My mother is housekeeper from El Salvador so I found this very touching and it hit home in many ways. If you can relate to being a maid's daughter or being the child of someone in a service industry I highly recommend this book.
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I felt this book was a real inside story to what goes on behind closed doors. Its an easy read and its very in lighting. Take a day, read the book and you will see for yourself that life is always easy on the other side.
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