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The Maid's Version

The Maid's Version

The American master’s first novel since Winter’s Bone tells of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations.

Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident?

Alma thinks she knows the answer-and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. Her dogged pursuit of justice makes her an outcast and causes a long-standing rift with her own son. By telling her story to her grandson, she finally gains some solace-and peace for her sister. He is advised to “Tell it. Go on and tell it”-tell the story of his family’s struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.
Maid

Maid

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INSPIRATION FOR THE NETFLIX LIMITED SERIES, HAILED BY ROLLING STONE AS "A GREAT ONE."
 
 
"A single mother's personal, unflinching look at America's class divide, a description of the tightrope many families walk just to get by, and a reminder of the dignity of all work."

-PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, Obama's Summer Reading List


At 28, Stephanie Land's dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer quickly dissolved when a summer fling turned into an unplanned pregnancy. Before long, she found herself a single mother, scraping by as a housekeeper to make ends meet.

Maid is an emotionally raw, masterful account of Stephanie's years spent in service to upper middle class America as a "nameless ghost" who quietly shared in her clients' triumphs, tragedies, and deepest secrets. Driven to carve out a better life for her family, she cleaned by day and took online classes by night, writing relentlessly as she worked toward earning a college degree. She wrote of the true stories that weren't being told: of living on food stamps and WIC coupons, of government programs that barely provided housing, of aloof government employees who shamed her for receiving what little assistance she did. Above all else, she wrote about pursuing the myth of the American Dream from the poverty line, all the while slashing through deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor.

Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not hers alone. It is an inspiring testament to the courage, determination, and ultimate strength of the human spirit.
 
A Maid's Friends and Fantasies

A Maid's Friends and Fantasies

Naughty girls are spanked, and all girls are naughty — the grown-up girls in Devlin O’Neill’s world, that is. Here are 11 stories — lusty tales of bare bottoms affectionately reddened, penned by the author of A Maid for All Seasons. The girls never mean to be disobedient, yet somehow they always are, and it is up to the professor to correct their behavior, in a patient but strict manner, and to forgive, caress, and love them afterward. Inspired by having received dozens of letters from devoted readers of the Maid series, O’Neill assembled this very personal collection of his most provocative tales. The stories that comprise A Maid’s Friends and Fantasies are labors of love, conjured from the fertile imaginations of the author, his friends, and his lovers — stories of breathless, heartfelt immediacy. This is erotic spanking fiction at its most intimate and sensitive.
Death of a Maid

Death of a Maid

Travel to the Scotland Highlands with this classic Hamish Macbeth cozy mystery from the author of the Agatha Raisin series.

Death of a Maid: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

Mrs. Gillespie is famous around the northwest of Sutherland for being the best charwoman ever. Of course, if anyone has any social pretensions one does not say charwoman, one talks about "my maid". Hamish Macbeth wins Mrs. Gillespie's services in a church raffle but spends most of the day trying to avoid her. She is a malicious gossip and she bangs around the furniture and clanks pots–he wonders how on earth she managed to get such a good reputation.

Then she is found dead in a large house belonging to a retired professor who was out the day she was killed. She has been struck down by a metal bucket of water. Remembering Mrs. Gillespie's malicious gossip, Hamish is sure she delighted in finding out secrets and probably searched through the drawers of the houses she cleaned, which means everyone whose home she cleaned could be a suspect.
Clever Maids

Clever Maids

The famous fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm – stories like Snow White , Red Riding Hood , and Rumplestiltskin – are know to millions of people around the world and are deeply embedded in the collective psyche. In this charming account, writer and scholar Valerie Paradiz reveals the true story of how the fairy tales came to be. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, collectors and editors of more than 200 folk stories, were major German intellects of the nineteenth century, contemporaries of Goethe and Schiller. But as Paradiz reveals here, the romantic image of the two brothers traveling the countryside, transcribing tales told to them by peasants, is a far cry from the truth. In fact, more than half the fairy tales the Grimm brothers collected were actually contributed by their educated female friends from the bourgeois and aristocratic classes. While German folkloric scholars-all of them male-fancied themselves the keepers of the cultural flame, it was a handful of women who ensured that millions would know the stories of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella by heart. Set against the backdrop of the chaotic Napoleonic wars and the years of high German romanticism, Clever Maids chronicles one of the most fascinating literary collaborations in European history and brilliantly captures the intellectual spirit of the men and women of the age. Even more, it illuminates the ways in which the Grimm tales, with their mythic portrayals of courage, sacrifice, and betrayal, still speak so powerfully to us today.
A Maid For All Seasons, Volume 4

A Maid For All Seasons, Volume 4

Lisa is all grown up now, or so she thinks. She has her own business and a real boyfriend, but she hasn’t outgrown the need to stick her pert little nose where it doesn’t belong, nor have the men in her life — Michael, Greg, and Professor Travis — seen fit to stop spanking her bare bottom when she misbehaves. Still, they spank her because they care, and she would have it no other way.
A Maid for All Seasons, Volume 5

A Maid for All Seasons, Volume 5

Lisa, Michael, Beth, and friends return for more adventures in small town Middle America. The town is ordinary, but some of the men and women who live there deal with their problems in unique ways. Michael responds as he always has to Lisa’s tantrums, by spanking her bare bottom, but it’s now Greg’s sole responsibility to care for her afterward. Beth’s behind still feels Michael’s hand when she teases him, but she also occasionally wields a paddle on female rears. Lisa’s sister Mandy screws up royally and is obliged to take Lisa’s job as Michael’s maid, a position that often entails a sore tail, and Lisa moves in with Greg. Dylan’s niece Teresa sneaks off to be with “Daddy,” a man who has Dylan’s fondness for spanking but not his sexual hang-ups regarding Teresa, and Tana, the boutique’s witchy new manager, discovers that Dylan’s school cane is no mere ornament.
All I Want Is You

All I Want Is You

An innocent girl 1920. Seventeen-year-old Sophie is a scullery maid at a large country house, Belfield Hall, but what she truly desires is to dance on stage in London.

Caught up in a dangerous game

Glamorous Lady Beatrice offers her assistance, though not without an ulterior motive. A new heir — the seductively handsome Lord Ashley — is about to arrive at the Hall: a man that Beatrice will do anything to ensnare. . .even if she has to exploit her young maid.

Of forbidden passion

What she doesn’t know is that Sophie has met Ash once before. And as Lady Beatrice’s devious plan unravels, Sophie has two choices: refuse to be a mere plaything for the man she loves so desperately, or give in to the thrill of unimaginable sexual pleasure. . .

Set in a country house in the 1920s, this tale of forbidden love between a kitchen maid and her aristocratic master is perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey.
Never a Duke

Never a Duke

A proper lady must choose between society or the untitled gentleman who has stolen her heart in this captivating Regency romance perfect for fans of Bridgerton.

Ned Wentworth will be forever grateful to the family that plucked him from the streets and gave him a home, even though polite society still whispers years later about his questionable past. Precisely because of Ned’s connections in low places, Lady Rosalind Kinwood approaches him to help her find a lady’s maid who has disappeared.

Rosalind is too opinionated—and too intelligent—and has frequently suffered judgment at the hands of polite society. Despite her family’s disdain for Ned, Rosalind finds he listens to her and respects her. Then too, his kisses are exquisite. As the investigation of the missing maids becomes more dangerous, both Ned and Rosalind will have to risk everything—including their hearts—if they are to share the happily ever after that Mayfair’s matchmakers have begrudged them both.



 
Three Women Disappear

Three Women Disappear

Sarah, his personal chef. Anna, his wife. Serena, his maid. All three had access to a murder victim's home. And all three women are missing. 

Sarah, his personal chef

Anna, his wife

Serena, his maid

Accountant Anthony Costello has a talent for manipulating both numbers and people, turning losses into profits, enemies into allies—and vice versa. When Costello is found murdered in his own home, three suspects had motive. All three had access to his home. And all three women are missing. Are they in the wind—or in the grave?

Eyes are on Detective Sean Walsh, whose personal connection to the case is stronger than leads to solve it. Neither the powerful bankroll behind Costello nor Walsh's vengeful superior officer can budge the investigation, yet as Walsh continues to dig, he uncovers even more reasons the women have to stay hidden—from the law, and from each other.

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