Nickel and Dimed
On (not) Getting by in AmericaBook - 2002
Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the "lowliest" occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors.
Nickel and Dimed reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor.
From Library Staff
Challenged because of complaints about foul language, descriptions of drug use, and the book's depiction of Christianity.
From the critics
Other: Barely mentions drug use. Refers to it as a "chemical indiscretion" Seeks out a detox system prior to taking a drug screening for a job.
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I suggest that what we need is a union, but from the look on his face I might as well have said gumballs or Prozac.