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The Resource Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich

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Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America
Title
Nickel and dimed
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on (not) getting by in America
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Barbara Ehrenreich
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Language
eng
Summary
Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job -- any job -- could be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six to seven dollars an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered as a woefully inexperienced homemaker returning to the workforce. So began a grueling, hair raising, and darkly funny odyssey through the underside of working America. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, Ehrenreich worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors
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
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Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Alex Award, 2002.
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, 2001.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2001
  • School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2002.
Awards note
School Library Journal Best Adult Books for YA (2002); New York Times Book Review (2001).
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154374
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 305.569/092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
HD4918
LC item number
.E375 2001
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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on (not) getting by in America
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Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
Getting ready -- Serving in Florida -- Scrubbing in Maine -- Selling in Minnesota -- Evaluation
Control code
4449316
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
221 p.
Isbn
9780805063882
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
00052514
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm45243324
  • (OCoLC)45243324
Label
Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
Getting ready -- Serving in Florida -- Scrubbing in Maine -- Selling in Minnesota -- Evaluation
Control code
4449316
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
221 p.
Isbn
9780805063882
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
00052514
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm45243324
  • (OCoLC)45243324

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