August 2, 2011
August 2, 2011
"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 workedas 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 occupationsrequire 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. "--
In this study of America's minimum wage workers, the author explains how she went under cover several times, taking on different low-wage positions, to determine how adults who lack higher education survive. After working at Wal-Mart and as a waitress, she concluded that the working poor should be afforded more health care, housing assistance, and respect. A New York Times Notable Book for 2001.
Genre: Political Science, Business + Money Management
Sub-Genre: Economic Conditions, Labor
- Genre: Political Science, Business + Money Management
- Subgenre: Labor, Economic Conditions
- Edition: Anniversary
- Language: English
- Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
- Online Item #: 13484315
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-66-8171
- ISBN: 9780312626686
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported