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Nickel and Dimed

On (not) Getting by in America
Ehrenreich, Barbara (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor. Author Barbara Ehrenreich decides to see if she can scratch out a comfortable living in blue-collar America. What she discovers is a culture of desperation, where workers often take multiple low-paying jobs just to keep a roof overhead.
Authors: Ehrenreich, Barbara
Statement of Responsibility: Barbara Ehrenreich
Title: Nickel and dimed
on (not) getting by in America
Publisher: New York : Holt Paperbacks, [2008]
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Originally published in hardcover in 2001 by Metropolitan Books ; first Holt Paperbacks edition, 2002
Contents: Introduction: Getting ready
Serving in Florida
Scrubbing in Maine
Selling in Minnesota
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Summary: Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor. Author Barbara Ehrenreich decides to see if she can scratch out a comfortable living in blue-collar America. What she discovers is a culture of desperation, where workers often take multiple low-paying jobs just to keep a roof overhead.
Subject Headings: Minimum wage United States Working poor United States Unskilled labor United States Poverty United States
Topical Term: Minimum wage
Working poor
Unskilled labor
Poverty
ISBN: 9780805088380
0805088385
Branch Call Number: 305.569 E
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Jun 04, 2014
  • ckaldahl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An oftentimes humorous journey through three towns and the minimum wage jobs the author works there in an attempt to balance income and expenses on minimum wage. Assigned summer reading for students of AP Language and Composition at Millard South High School.

Jun 24, 2012
  • apollard18 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is well-written account of an undercover journalist's journey into the world of the working poor. At times, the tone is biting and sarcastic. More often, it is sincere and sympathetic as Ehrenreich recounts her experiences working an array of low-paying jobs.

http://cafereads.blogspot.com/2012/05/house-blend-nickel-and-dimed.html

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Feb 10, 2011
  • imaginethat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

imaginethat thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Apr 26, 2011
  • samccann rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a fantastic book that everyone should read. It shows the struggles of trying to get by in the U. S. and trying to live on low wages

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Jun 04, 2014
  • ckaldahl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 10, 2011
  • imaginethat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: References to drug use. (Not sexual content, but I thought readers should be warned).

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Jun 04, 2014
  • ckaldahl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 04, 2014
  • ckaldahl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Once I stand and watch helplessly while some rug rat pulls everything he can reach off the racks, and the thought that abortion is wasted on the unborn must show on my face, because his mother finally tells him to stop.

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