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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Paperback – August 2, 2011
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“Captivating . . . promise that you will read this explosive little book cover to cover and pass it on to all your friends and relatives.” ―The New York Times
“Impassioned, fascinating, profoundly significant, and wildly entertaining . . . Nickel and Dimed is not only important but transformative in its insistence that we take a long hard look at the society we live in.” ―Francise Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine
“Valuable and illuminating . . . Barbara Ehrenreich is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Jarring . . . fully of riveting grit . . . this book is already unforgettable.” ―The New York Times
“Barbara Ehrenreich is smart, provocative, funny, and sane in a world that needs more of all four.” ―Diane Sawyer
“Reading Ehrenreich is good for the soul.” ―Molly Ivins
“Ehrenreich is passionate, public, hotly lucid, and politically engaged.” ―Chicago Tribune
“Ehrenreich's scorn withers, her humor stings, and her radical light shines on.” ―The Boston Globe
“One of today's most original writers.” ―The New York Times
About the Author
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of Nickel and Dimed, Blood Rites, The Worst Years of Our Lives (a New York Times bestseller), Fear of Falling, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and several other books. A frequent contributor to Time, Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic, Mirabella, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine, she lives near Key West, Florida.
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I believe this book was needed to bring this issue into the public eye and I'm for one glad she wrote it, even though I don't really consider her as having really lived like those she wrote about. Her experiences were fake, she knew she had money to fall back on, she never really had to "worry" as so many do. She even called a doctor and basically demanded a prescription for a rash...... Something no working poor could have done. They would have suffered until they could no longer take it, then they would have seen a doctor....which they probably would have lost time from work and money. The trickle down affect their housing, food, etc.
The generosity and compassion she received from those she worked alongside, even the very short time they knew her, was a testament about the goodness of people.
I found myself in a national chain variety store buying cat treats yesterday and I almost put them back thinking that the lady ringing me out would look at this as a waste of money as she probably is making due on a small budget. Being a childless women in a world that makes kids the golden calf I fully understood the comments of her co-workers while they cleaned for or served a meal to the "client". Longing can come from any everyday situation, a running shoe display as seen from the low angel of a wheel chair, a cart full of kids back to school supplies passing a lady who's childless, or a holiday spent in an empty house. But this book brings us back to the all too often hidden longings of thousands of people for simple things like a safe place to live, a hot dinner, and a chance to rest a sore back. I'll keep this book to read again and again. I'll also go from tipping 15% to 20% and be even nicer to the folks that stand behind counters. I never had a maid, for many of the same reasons bought out in the book, but if I ever need household help I will not be the boss, just the very thankful person being helped.
Dr. Tracy Brower, author, Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations. http://www.tracybrower.com/the-4-day-school-week-why-its-not-that-easy-for-families-or-work-life/