Review: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich Publication Date: May 1, 2002 Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Holt Paperbacks ISBN10: 0805063897 ISBN13: 9780805063899 Discussion Questions Reading Guide (PDF) Barbara Ehrenreich Biography Bibliography Find a Book View all | By Author | By Genre | By Date on Facebook on Twitter ... Read full review

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User Review  - caanderson - LibraryThing

Well written, smart, and brings the stark reality of the working poor to the surface. It addresses the common misconception of the poor, welfare recipients, and immigrants. It brings in the history of how the US dealt with the poor and offers insight into the discussion. Read full review

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User Review  - nx74defiant - LibraryThing

I had mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed reading the experiences. She annoyed me when she talked about the advantages for the Client of dealing with an agency for maids, but not getting the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ParadisePorch - LibraryThing

Ehrenreich posed as a waitress in order to discover how the working poor in America cope financially. I expected to find an examination of the cost of living, but instead found the flip-side: the ... Read full review

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User Review  - nicolewbrown - LibraryThing

In 1998, writer Barbara Ehrenreich was looking for a new story to write for Harper's and was having lunch with the editor when the conversation turned to the topic of people going off welfare and ... Read full review

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User Review  - ecataldi - LibraryThing

I loved the concept of this book, I just hated how it was executed. The author/ "undercover agent" of this book kept throwing around how much money she had in real life and how comfortable her place ... Read full review

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This is basically a report of author's social experiment, working as a low wage worker. The book gives us an insightful look of how the bottom 20% live in the country.

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Nickel and Dimed ought to be required reading for every person living in the US. The working class have endured, and continue to endure, much abuse at the hands of the wealthy. This book finally spotlights the hardships that represent everyday life for the waitresses, cleaners, store clerks, and janitors whose sweat keeps the rest of us fed, clean, and able to buy junk from Wal-Mart. Read this book and begin to feel empathy for the hard-working who bust their backsides for minimum wage, and who can't afford proper health care.  

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Barbara Ehrenreich gets down and dirty by trying to eek out a living on a working wage. She chose waiting on tables in Key West, cleaning houses in Portland, Maine and finally WalMart in Minneapolis. Though this was written several years ago, it is just as applicable today. She not only takes you down into the trenches, but also weaves a host of broader economic and occupational information into her stories. This book is both easy to read and informative. 

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User Review  - knfmn - LibraryThing

Good book. The author's agenda shows through like a spotlight behind tissue paper. Read full review

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