Mary Romero will be at Bluestockings (bookstore/fair trade cafe/activist center) tomorrow to read from her book, The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream.
Where: Bluestockings (172 Allen St., between Stanton and Rivington)
When: February 22, 2012 @ 7pm
The book follows the life of “Olivia,” the daughter of a Mexican maid, who lives with her mom in the LA home of her wealthy employers, the “Smiths.” While her mother remains the help, Olivia is welcomed into the family’s fold. Acceptance into their world where Olivia perpetually feels she doesn’t belong, mixed with her hunger to discover her Mexican roots, provokes a sense of confusion of what it means to be both a second-generation immigrant and an American. Romero’s previous work includes Maid in the U.S.A.
“She [Romero] is a listener, allowing the women she talks with to guide the way in which their stories are revealed… It’s a very moving work; thoughtful, sensitive, the best possible use of scholarship to open our eyes.”–Los Angeles Review of Books
“[A]n oral history and sociological study, astonishingly complex and often raw with emotion.“-Washington Independent