DeLissio invites new readers to join next book club

Next book is ‘Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive’

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio invites residents of her legislative district to attend the next meeting of her book club.

“In January of 2019, I started a quarterly book club. My primary reason was to broaden the various ways I dialogue with constituents. The thought was to select books that provoke thoughtful conversation about state policy,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Prior to the pandemic, the book club of the 194th read, met and discussed four books, and we had tremendous discussions about state policy voids and the need for policy enhancements.”

The book club’s next meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at DeLissio’s district office, 4001 Main St., Suite 101, Philadelphia, 19127.

The book to be discussed is “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive,” by Stephanie Land, a memoir telling the experience of a young single mother who moved into a homeless shelter with her then 9-month-old daughter, having to rely on several safety net (aka welfare) programs while working maid service jobs.   

“I am always inspired and encouraged by the insight and perspectives of constituents who are willing to share and shed light based on their own personal and professional experiences,” DeLissio said. “These conversations allow me to better understand how state policies are impacting lives and how these policies may need to change.” 

The gathering is limited to 20 participants. Those interested must sign up each time, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested residents of the 194th Legislative District may call 215-482-8726 or email to sign up.

“We have a process in place to accommodate all interested as fairly as possible while trying to ensure that folks on previous waiting lists and any new folks interested are accommodated,” DeLissio said. “The book club has been a different way to engage with constituents, and I am excited about reviving the 194th book club.”

Previous books read by book club participants are: “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance, “Educated” by Tara Westover, “Kids for Cash” by William Ecenbarger, “No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us” by Rachel Louise Snyder, and “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” by Wes Moore.