Nickel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America
  • Nickel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America
  • Nickel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America
ISBN: 0312626681
EAN13: 9780312626686
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 2, 2011
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 8.2" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Beautifully repackaged as part of the Picador Modern Classics Series, this special edition is small enough to fit in your pocket and bold enough to stand out on your bookshelf.

A publishing phenomenon when first published, Barbara Ehrenreich's
Nickel and Dimed is a revelatory undercover investigation into life and survival in low-wage America, an increasingly urgent topic that continues to resonate.

Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job--any job--can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly unskilled, that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if Read More chevron_right

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   How was this a best seller?
I was hoping to read an educated novel about an experience and the authors thoughts on what could be done to ease the burdens of the people she was meeting through her experience. I was given a book that talked about class warfare. The best part of the book was when the author talked about the people who wrote rebuttals to her novel. I would probably get more from the other books that this pointed me to.
   Can I have my $10 back?
If I had not spent $10 on this book, I would have dumped it in a garbage can. The author's attitude is condescending, patronizing, and holier than Thou, as others have said. Did you know that she has a PhD, is an atheist, and is an upper middle class person? Don't worry if it isn't. She will remind you when it's convenient. This book is not funny. There were zero stars.
   I hated this book
The audio recording of this book was audible to me. I could excuse it being outdated at this point. The writer's condescending attitude is the real problem. Throughout the book she seemed focused. I would have liked to hear more about the struggles of the real minimum- wage workers as opposed to the trials of an upper- class educated person who tries to play the part of a low- wage worker. Her educational credentials were repeated many times.
You can understand the perspective of the people who are facing a poor financial situation with this quick read. It gives you a wake- up call when you realize what others' lives are like. It's important for anyone who works with children to read this to understand what their home life may be like.
   Work full time and can't afford life? You're not alone.
The message is the same despite the numbers changing. Low wage workers will never be able to afford the American Dream if they just show up and work hard. It's easier for a person in the middle class to slide down than it is for a person in poverty to climb higher. Any job is the answer to monetary troubles, and it's worth reading and sharing with anyone in your life.