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   Nickel and Dimed
On (Not) Getting by in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
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Categories: Cultural Studies | Business/Economics
Code: 269 |  ISBN: 0805063897 |  240 pp. |  Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: Henry Holt
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
The "New York Times" bestseller, and one of the most talked about books of the year, Nickel and Dimed has already become a classic of undercover reportage.

Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the "lowliest" occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors.

"Nickel and Dimed" reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor.

Indigo's Comments
There are plenty of sociologists who study the working poor, but hardly anyone has the nerve to go out and see what it's like to join them. This is a kind of modern-day version of Orwell's classic Down and Out in Paris and London. ?geoff

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