Textbooks Nickel and Dimed Mobi Read Apps Download Our sharpest and most original social critic goes “undercover” as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ 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. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ 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. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ 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. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly “unskilled,” that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you int to live indoors. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ 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. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich’s perspective and for a rare view of how “prosperity” looks from the bottom. Genre List ❿10_Social Science❿ You will never see anything — from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal — in quite the same way again.
- Author≣Barbara Ehrenreich_Books
- Publisher≣Metropolitan Books
- ISBN 10≣9781429926645
- ISBN 13≣1429926643