Nickel and Dimed

Nickel and Dimed

[on (not) Getting by in America]

Audiobook CD - 2004
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To discover how others exist on minimum wage, the author leaves her home, takes the cheapest lodgings she can find, and accepts whatever jobs she's offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she works variously as a waitress, nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She learned many things, including the fact that one job is not enough: you need at least two if you intend to live indoors.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, LLC, p2004
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9781419305078
Branch Call Number: COM 305.5 E33n
Characteristics: 7 sound discs : digital, mono. ; 4 3/4 in


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librarylizzard Feb 20, 2015

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. A shocking and revealing look at working conditions in low wage jobs (waitressing, cleaning, Walmart, etc) as experienced by an undercover journalist. She chronicles her struggle to make ends meet, even while occasionally working two jobs.

I can't say the book will leave you feeling optimistic, but it will certainly give you an insider look at - and a greater appreciation for - the struggles of the low-income American.

FearlessReader Aug 11, 2010

Author Barbara Ehrenreich wondered what it would be like to be a part of the poor working class and goes undercover in order to find out. The narrator of this book on cd really seems to find the author's voice. A read for the times. I only hope someone is duplicating the author's "experiment" in this economy.


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