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What Others are Saying

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

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

Year Published: 2001

What Others are Saying:

  • It gives one perspective for those working class Americans who "get by" on minimum (and sometimes less than minimum) wage. This is an "undercover" account but well worth the read. If you have no perspective on this plight, you will by the time you finish reading it.
  • Shows the real hardworking life of modern Americans, and the way that they are treated by different companies, vis-a-vis important benefits, full-time employment, etc.
  • Because this is the way More Americans are living than not due to a lack of a true living wage in the US.
  • Investigates the effect of the 1996 welfare reform act. The book stirred controversy and remains on several high school summer reading lists throughout the country.  I firmly believe that it should be read by every high school student in America.
  • Ehrenreich does an incredible job of showing how work has become less valued in our society, especially looking at the service sector.  The book offered a glimpse into the world of low wage work on par with some of the other greats including Upton Sinclair.

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