Ehrenreich's purpose in writing nickel and dimed was to convey her experiences as an educated, solidly middle-class woman attempting to survive on an equal basis with those who did not have the. Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america by barbara ehrenreich our sharpest and most original social critic goes undercover as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of american prosperity. On (not) getting by in america by barbara ehrenreich reading group guide frequently asked questions excerpt buy the book the new york times bestseller, and one of the most talked about books of the year, nickel and dimed has already become a classic of undercover reportage.
This essay is a shortened version of a new afterword to her bestselling book nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america, 10th anniversary edition, just released by picador books. This engrossing piece of undercover reportage is a new york times best-seller with nearly a million copies in print, nickel and dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of america's working-class poor. Nickel and dimed reveals low-wage america in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity — a land of big boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival read it for the smoldering clarity of ehrenreichs perspective and for a rare view of how prosperity looks from the bottom.
Nickel and dimed is a stiff punch in the nose to righteous apostles of 'welfare reform' not only is it must reading but it's mesmeric you can't put the damn thing down. The subtitle of nickel and dimed is on (not) getting by in america it is important to note how ehrenreich chose to put not in parentheses, and that choice on her part is directly related to. Nickel and dimed (2001) i am a member of a book club with a variety of books to read this year,so i am reading a few books by the same authors to get a sample of their styles and opinions (non-fiction books.
When barbara ehrenreich's book nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america came out last year, i knew it would be the perfect foil to another book i used in my classes, the millionaire next door, by thomas stanley and william danko (1996) don't ever say that academics don't have a sense of humor. Nickel and dimed is the revealing, compelling, and widely acclaimed result of that decision-a book that has already become a masterpiece of undercover reportage, and a portrait-of-the-working-poor classic that is showing up in classrooms throughout the nation. Nickel and dimed on not getting by in america by barbara ehrenreich metropolitan books read the reviewpolicymakers should be forced to read the last ten pages of ehrenreichs book, in which she. Nickel and dimed reveals low-rent america in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of big boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival read it for the smoldering clarity of ehrenreich's perspective and for a rare view of how prosperity looks from the bottom.
-review : of nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america by barbara ehrenreich (steve weinberg, chicago tribune) -review : of nickel and dimed : how low they can go : social critic barbara ehrenreich explores the life of low-wage workers and finds them bowedóbut not brokenóby the weight of an economic boom (mark gleason , book. 125 nickel and dimed 15 many of ehrenreich's colleagues relied heavily on family-for housing and help with child-care, by sharing appliances and dividing up the cooking, shopping, and cleaning. Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in america is a book written by barbara ehrenreichwritten from her perspective as an undercover journalist, it sets out to investigate the impact of the 1996 welfare reform act on the working poor in the united states. Nickel and dimed reveals low-wage america in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of big boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way america perceives its working poor.
The latest edition of nickel and dimed was printed in 2008, and includes a new afterword by ehrenreich this book is a must-read for anybody who is interested in labor advocacy and fighting. Nickel and dimed is one of the most important books to be published this year, a new entry in the tradition of reporting on poverty that includes george orwell's the road to wigan pier and michael harrington's the other america . The hands-and-knees approach is a definite selling point for corporate cleaning services like the maids  a mop and a full bucket of hot soapy water would not only get a floor cleaner but would be a lot more dignified for the person who does the cleaning.