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Nickel and Dimed

by Barbara Ehrenreich
| Item # P335
Nickel and Dimed P335
Format: Paperback
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To the Teacher Millions of Americans work full-time for poverty-level wages. Journalist Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. Nickel and Dimed is the revealing, compelling, and widely acclaimed result of that decision--a book that has already become a masterpiece of undercover reportage, and a portrait-of-the-working-poor classic that is showing up in classrooms throughout the nation. How does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To ?nd out, Ehrenreich takes low-wage jobs in Florida, then in Maine, and ?nally in Minnesota, working as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart salesperson. She lives in trailer parks and crumbling motels; she eats fast or cheap food, since she can't afford a stove, refrigerator, or cookware. She also learns that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you plan to live indoors. And healthcare is a luxury she cannot afford. This is that rare book that reveals a harsh reality without resorting to sentiment, that speaks the plain truth without being preachy or complex. Nickel and Dimed is an absolute must for anyone who wants to see what "prosperity" looks like from the bottom, or who suspects that the "American dream" is becoming a fantasy.

Product Information

  • AR Level8.5
  • AR Quiz Number67084
  • AR Quiz Points12
  • AuthorBarbara Ehrenreich
  • Page Count256
  • ISBN100312626681
  • ISBN139780312626686
  • PublisherPicador
  • Year Published2011
  • Grade Level10 - 12
  • Type of BookNon-Fiction
  • SubjectPoverty & unemployment
    Labour economics
    Central government policies
    Social classes
    Political economy

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