Thursday, August 11, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America ~ 4/5

Here's what says:
Acclaimed as an instant classic upon publication, Nickel and Dimed has sold more than 1.5 million copies and become a staple of classroom reading. Chosen for “one book” initiatives across the country, it has fueled nationwide campaigns for a living wage. Funny, poignant, and passionate, this revelatory firsthand account of life in low-wage America—the story of Barbara Ehrenreich’s attempts to eke out a living while working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate—has become an essential part of the nation’s political discourse.

Now, in a new afterword, Ehrenreich shows that the plight of the underpaid has in no way eased: with fewer jobs available, deteriorating work conditions, and no pay increase in sight, Nickel and Dimed is more relevant than ever.

My thoughts:

The book was wonderful, it really showed what it takes for someone to actually get a job that pays something in America. Yes, the minimum wage has gone up, but so has EVERYTHING else! I hope this book opens the eyes of others who read it too.

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