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Single Mom Strong's Empowered Women's Book Club: MAID

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Like-minded women discuss empowering books at this virtual meet-up!

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Welcome to the Empowered Women's Book Club. Although hosted by the organization, Single Mom Strong, this event is open to ALL moms, and is held virtually, every other month, AFTER we read the book that was selected by the group at the previous meeting. We will enjoy the opportunity to connect with other moms while advancing our understanding and enjoyment of the reading.

PRIOR TO participating in this event, participants will read "MAID" by Stephanie Land. (Already read it? It's worth a re-read or audiobook listen to pull out all of the great inspirational "nuggets". Haven't reach it, take on a quarter of the book per week and you will finish in time!) Then, at the this meeting, a mom will lead the conversation based on the questions below. (Tight on funds? Don't let the fact that you don't have the book stop you from participating. Check it out at the library, or use the library app: Libby.)

Stephanie Land is the instant bestselling author of MAID. "At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost," Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives-their sadness and love, too-she begins to find hope in her own path."

The following questions will be discussed:

NON-FICTION:

1. What do you believe is the message the author is trying to convey to the reader? What did you learn from this book? Do the issues affect your life?

2. What evidence does the author use to support the book's ideas? Is the evidence convincing...definitive or...speculative? Does the author depend on personal opinion, observation, and assessment? Or is the evidence factual—based on science, statistics, historical documents, or quotations from (credible) experts?

3. What kind of language does the author use? Is it objective and dispassionate? Or passionate and earnest? Is it biased, inflammatory, sarcastic? Does the language help or undercut the author's premise?

4. What are the implications for the future? Are there long- or short-term consequences to the issues raised in the book? Are they positive or negative...affirming or frightening?

5. What solutions does the author propose? Are the author's recommendations concrete, sensible, doable? Who would implement those solutions?

6. How controversial are the issues raised in the book? Who is aligned on which sides of the issues? Where do you fall in that line-up?

7. Talk about specific passages that struck you as significant—or interesting, profound, amusing, illuminating, disturbing, sad...? What was memorable?

8. What have you learned after reading this book? How has it changed your life?

FICTION:

1. What do you believe is the message the author is trying to convey to the reader? What did you learn from this book? Do the issues affect your life?

2. Describe the character development. Who did you identify with? Did your opinions about any of the characters change over the course of the novel?

3. How does the author use language and imagery to bring the characters to life? Did the book's characters or style in any way remind you of another book?

4. Why do you think the author chose the title? Is there a significant meaning behind it?

5. Is there a part of the novel you didn't understand? Are you confused by a character's actions or the outcome of an event?

6. In your opinion, is the book entertaining? Explain why or why not.

7. What is your favorite passage?

8. How did this book touch your life? Can you relate to it on any level?

You must register for this event to attend. Zoom meeting details will be sent via email to registrants on the day of the event.

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Statistics shows that children of single mothers suffer in a variety of ways and the mothers often find themselves living in poverty and riddled with guilt or frustration. But, we are here to change the statistics.  We believe that single mothers and their children do not have to be negatively impacted by this circumstance. In fact, being "single-mom-strong: having grit and determination; refusing to fail", is not detrimental at all... Single Mom Strong exists for the empowerment of single mothers and their children through enrichment, encouragement and educational programs.  Funds raised are used to advance our mission.

It is the mission of Single Mom Strong to create a community of single mothers and children in support of one another, while empowering them to be their best selves, through enrichment, encouragement and educational programs.

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