9781479814664-1479814660-The Maid's Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream

The Maid's Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream

ISBN-13: 9781479814664
ISBN-10: 1479814660
Edition: Reprint
Author: Romero, Mary
Publication date: 2012
Publisher: NYU Press
Format: Paperback 277 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781479814664
ISBN-10: 1479814660
Edition: Reprint
Author: Romero, Mary
Publication date: 2012
Publisher: NYU Press
Format: Paperback 277 pages

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Acknowledged authors Romero, Mary wrote The Maid's Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream comprising 277 pages back in 2012. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1479814660 and 9781479814664. Since then The Maid's Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 0.30 or rent at the marketplace.

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2012 Americo Paredes Book Award Winner for Non-Fiction presented by the Center for Mexican American Studies at South Texas College

Selected as a 2012 Outstanding Title by AAUP University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

This is Olivia’s story. Born in Los Angeles, she is taken to Mexico to live with her extended family until the age of three. Olivia then returns to L.A. to live with her mother, Carmen, the live-in maid to a wealthy family. Mother and daughter sleep in the maid’s room, just off the kitchen. Olivia is raised alongside the other children of the family. She goes to school with them, eats meals with them, and is taken shopping for clothes with them. She is like a member of the family. Except she is not. Based on over twenty years of research, noted scholar Mary Romero brings Olivia’s remarkable story to life. We watch as she grows up among the children of privilege, struggles through adolescence, declares her independence and eventually goes off to college and becomes a successful professional. Much of this extraordinary story is told in Olivia’s voice and we hear of both her triumphs and setbacks. We come to understand the painful realization of wanting to claim a Mexican heritage that is in many ways not her own and of her constant struggle to come to terms with the great contradictions in her life.



In The Maid’s Daughter, Mary Romero explores this complex story about belonging, identity, and resistance, illustrating Olivia’s challenge to establish her sense of identity, and the patterns of inclusion and exclusion in her life. Romero points to the hidden costs of paid domestic labor that are transferred to the families of private household workers and nannies, and shows how everyday routines are important in maintaining and assuring that various forms of privilege are passed on from one generation to another. Through Olivia’s story, Romero shows how mythologies of meritocracy, the land of opportunity, and the American dream remain firmly in place while simultaneously erasing injustices and the struggles of the working poor.
A happy ending for the maid's daughter: Hector Tobar's profile of Olivia for the LA Times

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