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As a waitress in Florida, where her name is suddenly transposed to "girl," trailer trash becomes a demographic category to aspire to with rent at $675 per month. In Maine, where she ends up working as both a cleaning woman and a nursing home assistant, she must first fill out endless pre-employment tests with trick questions such as "Some people work better when they're a little bit high." In Minnesota, she works at Wal-Mart under the repressive surveillance of men and women whose job it is to monitor her behavior for signs of sloth, theft, drug abuse, or worse. She even gets to experience the humiliation of the urine test.
So, do the poor have survival strategies unknown to the middle class? And did Ehrenreich feel the "bracing psychological effects of getting out of the house, as promised by the wonks who brought us welfare reform?" Nah. Even in her best-case scenario, with all the advantages of education, health, a car, and money for first month's rent, she has to work two jobs, seven days a week, and still almost winds up in a shelter. As Ehrenreich points out with her potent combination of humor and outrage, the laws of supply and demand have been reversed. Rental prices skyrocket, but wages never rise. Rather, jobs are so cheap as measured by the pay that workers are encouraged to take as many as they can. Behind those trademark Wal-Mart vests, it turns out, are the borderline homeless. With her characteristic wry wit and her unabashedly liberal bent, Ehrenreich brings the invisible poor out of hiding and, in the process, the world they inhabit--where civil liberties are often ignored and hard work fails to live up to its reputation as the ticket out of poverty. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this book however, Ehrenreich is very biased.
I think that this book will make a lot of people realize that they shouldn't be petty or concentrate on the materialistic things in life.
Her premise is that no one can have a decent standard of living while working for minimum wage, and I agree it's very difficult.
Book is pretty good. It was required for a college class but this was not the right version of the book. There was a second publishing that had additional content at the end. Read morePublished 1 day ago by A. Tubbs
Put this book down after the first chapter. It was required reading for a Sociology class, but I found some of the language used in the book quite offensive. Read morePublished 3 days ago by jan c.
This book is ok, but it stuck in my mind that at any point, she could use that credit card and walk away. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Beth E. Pless
Extremely eye opening...really get a glimpse into the life of low-wage workers.
Inspires you to get involved in this pressing issue and try to make a difference.
This was a required reading book for one of my classes. I wouldn't have just picked this book out to read, but it was actually interesting. I liked it.Published 6 days ago by Krislie Acord
Not very current.
Single perspective that she is able to adjust because she has ready income to fall back on. Read more
They wrote a book about making "Nickel and Dime". A woman worked a Cafe and her jus slept in the car. It was a pretty good book.Published 10 days ago by Penny Johnson
Reasonable price, quick delivery and nice quality. Thanks!Published 11 days ago by Marguerite Karen Phillips