Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in America

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Picador,
Pub. Date:
2011.
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1st Picador ed.; 10th anniversary ed.
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English
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"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 intend 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 strategems 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--quite the same way again. "--
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subject_facet Minimum wage -- United States, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy, Political Science / Labor & Industrial Relations, Poverty -- United States, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness, Unskilled labor -- United States, Working poor -- United States
title_display Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America
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title_short Nickel and dimed :
title_sub on (not) getting by in America
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