Socially Distant Book Club
What were your opinions about poverty and the poor before you read MAID? What were the sources of the information that influenced these opinions?
What is class prejudice? What ideas make up the “wall of stigmas” that Land is faced with? What explains the psychology of antagonism toward the poor?
Why had each of Land’s parents “moved on”? What explains the emotional abandonment of their daughter and granddaughter? How did this lack of support affect Land?
In what ways does cleaning people’s houses seem like “a last resort” to Land? What are the effects of feeling “invisible” at a job?
What are the particular challenges for Mia? What’s most importantfor children affected by poverty?
What state and federal programs are helpful to Land and Mia? What are the challenges of accepting such assistance?
What explains Travis’ “lack of desire to wander, or wonder, or learn?" What else might prevent people from wanting to understand themselves and the world more?