Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (Anniversary)

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In this now classic work, Barbara Ehrenreich, our sharpest and most original social critic, goes undercover as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

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 int 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.

Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
Picador USA
Publish Date
August 02, 2011
Pages
244
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780312626686

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About the Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of over a dozen books, including the New York Times bestselling Nickel and Dimed, Bright-sided, Fear of Falling, Dancing in the Streets, and Blood Rites. She lives in Virginia.

Reviews

"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

"Barbara Ehrenreich is smart, provocative, funny, and sane in a world that needs more of all four." --Diane Sawyer

"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