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Hand to Mouth : Living in Bootstrap America (Reprint) (Paperback) (Linda Tirado)

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"I've been waiting for this book for a long time. Well, not this book, because I never imagined that the book I was waiting for would be so devastatingly smart and funny, so consistently entertaining and unflinchingly on target. In fact, I would like to have written it myself - if, that is, I had lived Linda Tirado's life and extracted all the hard lessons she has learned. I am the author of Nickel and Dimed, which tells the story of my own brief attempt, as a semi-undercover journalist, to survive on low-wage retail and service jobs. Tirado is the real thing." -from the foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado, in her signature brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of these preconceived notions and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two), but what poverty is truly like-on all levels. In her thought-provoking voice, Tirado discusses how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why "poor people don't always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should." --
The real-life Nickel and Dimedthe author of the wildly popular Poverty Thoughts? essay tells what it?s like to be working-poor in America.

DEVASTATINGLY SMART AND FUNNY. I am the author of Nickel and Dimed, which tells the story of my own brief attempt, as a semi-undercover journalist, to survive on low-wage retail and service jobs. TIRADO IS THE REAL THING.?Barbara Ehrenreich, from the Foreword

As the haves and have-nots grow more separate and unequal in America, the working poor don?t get heard from much. Now they have a voiceand it?s forthright, funny, and just a little bit furious.

Here, Linda Tirado tells what it?s like, day after day, to work, eat, shop, raise kids, and keep a roof over your head without enough money. She also answers questions often asked about those who live on or near minimum wage: Why don?t they get better jobs? Why don?t they make better choices? Why do they smoke cigarettes and have ugly lawns? Why don?t they borrow from their parents?

Enlightening and entertaining, Hand to Mouth opens up a new and much-needed dialogue between the people who just don?t have it and the people who just don?t get it.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 211.0
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs, Social Classes, Poverty
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Linda Tirado
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 17462932
UPC: 9780425277973
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-0218

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