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

26 Ratings: 3.0
book by Barbara Ehrenreich

Acclaimed as an instant classic upon publication, Nickel and Dimed has sold more than 1.5 million copies and become a staple of classroom reading. Chosen for “one book” initiatives across the country, it has fueled nationwide campaigns for … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction, Barbara Ehrenreich, Working Class, Minimum Wage
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Genre: Sociology, Economic Conditions
Publisher: Holt
Date Published: May 2002
6 reviews about Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in...
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Non-fiction that sometimes reads like a great tale of struggle and the fear that goes with it. The author spent 30 days on each of three different types of minimum wage jobs, trying to survive only on what she made. Trust me -- it's scarier than you think, and her observations are not to be discounted. Excellent detective journalism!
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
This book, followed by the "book review" questions in the back of the book, is a great way to assign extra credit economics work to high school students.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
had to read for school, got to page 19
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Not my favorite. Is it really that hard to believe that so many people in the U.S. toil through manual labor day in and day out? I was aware of this from a young age, and the sense of entitlement to something better underpinning this story makes it more offensive than life-changing. There are better books to encourage a sense of social justice.
review by . May 04, 2009
I completely loved this book. It was totally engaging and readable, but really informative as well (in a nice palatable narrative kind of way). I think it's overly easy to ignore the issue of low wage workers in this country. I appreciated the fact that she made me so stop and really take stock of my extremely comfortable and bubble wrapped life (but didn't make me feel guilty until the very end if that kind of thing would make you avoid reading it). Books like this should be required readin...more …
review by . June 11, 2008
Many people assume that people remain poor simply because they are unmotivated or unwilling to work hard. However, through old fashioned investigative journalism, Ms. Ehrenreich proves that poverty is often not a choice. After taking on the role of a single, working class woman, the author soon figures out that supporting herself will require her to take multiple jobs. Despite working multiple jobs that require long shifts and grueling physical labor, Barbara still was only able to subsist. By subsist, …
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