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The most anticipated nonfiction books releasing in early 2019

These much-buzzed books cover everything from living with obesity in America to the unexpected consequences of modern DNA testing.

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land (Jan. 22)

In her debut memoir, an Amazon Best Book of the Month selection, Stephanie Land shares her experiences both as a housekeeper cleaning the homes of the upper-middle class and as a single mother battling poverty in a culture that often makes it very difficult to move between classes.

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“What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single-motherhood, the unrelenting frustration of having no safety net, the ways in which our society is systemically designed to keep impoverished people mired in poverty, the indignity of poverty by way of unmovable bureaucracy, and people’s lousy attitudes toward poor people,” writes best-selling author Roxane Gay. Kirkus calls it ” an important memoir that should be required reading for anyone who has never struggled with poverty.”

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