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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Category: Book
By (author): Ehrenreich, Barbara
Series: Picador Modern Classics
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Audience: general/trade
Awards: ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults) (2002) Winner
Christopher Awards - Winner (2003) Winner
Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Nominee (2002) 07
Christopher Awards - Winner (2002) Winner
YALSA-College Bound /Lifelong Learners (2014) Long-listed
Christopher Awards - Nominee (2002) 07
L.A. Times Book Prize - Winner (2001) Winner
Publisher: Picador
Published: November 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 5.69in x 3.56in
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From The Publisher*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 you in to live indoors. Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity - a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich's perspective and for a rare view of how "prosperity" looks from the bottom. You will never see anything - from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal - in quite the same way again. "
Review Quote*Captivating . . . promise that you will read this explosive little book cover to cover and pass it on to all your friends and relatives." - The New York Times "Impassioned, fascinating, profoundly significant, and wildly entertaining . . . Nickel and Dimed is not only important but transformative in its insistence that we take a long hard look at the society we live in." - Francise Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine "Valuable and illuminating . . . Barbara Ehrenreich is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism." - The New York Times Book Review "Jarring . . . fully of riveting grit . . . this book is already unforgettable." - The New York Times "Reading Ehrenreich is good for the soul." - Molly Ivins "Ehrenreich is passionate, public, hotly lucid, and politically engaged." - Chicago Tribune "Ehrenreich's scorn withers, her humor stings, and her radical light shines on." - The Boston Globe "One of today's most original writers." - The New York Times "Barbara Ehrenreich is smart, provocative, funny, and sane in a world that needs more of all four." - Diane Sawyer "
Biographical NoteBarbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of several books including Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing In The Streets and Blood Rites . A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine. A simply brilliant, hilarious satirist." - The Baltimore Sun "It would be hard to find a wittier, more insightful guide to the last three decades than Ehrenreich. Arguing with her is part of the pleasure of reading her." - Laura Shapiro, Newsweek "