Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Barbara Ehrenreich

Our sharpest and most unique social critic is going "undercover" as an unskilled employee to bare the darkish part of yankee prosperity.

Millions of american citizens paintings complete time, 12 months around, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich made up our minds to hitch them. She was once encouraged partially by way of the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised activity -- any task -- might be the price tag to a greater lifestyles. yet how does somebody live on, not to mention prosper, on $6 an hour? to determine, Ehrenreich left her domestic, took the most affordable accommodations she may well locate, and permitted no matter what jobs she was once provided. relocating from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she labored as a waitress, a resort maid, a cleansing girl, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart revenues clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential resorts. in a short time, she came upon that no task is actually "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require arduous psychological and muscular attempt. She additionally discovered that one activity isn't really adequate; you wish a minimum of in case you int to stay indoors.

Nickel and Dimed unearths low-rent the USA in all its tenacity, nervousness, and brilliant generosity -- a land of huge bins, quick foodstuff, and one thousand determined stratagems for survival. learn it for the smoldering readability of Ehrenreich's point of view and for a unprecedented view of the way "prosperity" appears to be like from the ground. you are going to by no means see something -- from a inn rest room to a restaurant meal -- in really an analogous means again.

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