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Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America /

by Ehrenreich, Barbara [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Picador modern classics: Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books ; 2017.Edition: First Picador Modern Classics edition.Description: 392 pages ; 15 cm.ISBN: 9781250161307; 1250161304.Other title: On (not) getting by in America.Subject(s): Minimum wage -- United States | Working poor -- United States | Unskilled labor -- United States | Poverty -- United States
Contents:
Introduction: Getting ready -- Serving in Florida -- Scrubbing in Maine -- Selling in Minnesota -- Evaluation.
Summary: Provides a firsthand account of life in low-wage America--the story of Ehrenreich's attempts to eke out a living while working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate. --From publisher description.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p> Beautifully repackaged as part of the Picador Modern Classics Series, this special edition is small enough to fit in your pocket and bold enough to stand out on your bookshelf. <br> <br> A publishing phenomenon when first published, Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed is a revelatory undercover investigation into life and survival in low-wage America, an increasingly urgent topic that continues to resonate. <br> <br> Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job--any job--can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you in to live indoors.<br> <br> 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. You will never see anything--from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal--in quite the same way again.</p>

Includes reader's guide.

Includes bibliographical references.

Introduction: Getting ready -- Serving in Florida -- Scrubbing in Maine -- Selling in Minnesota -- Evaluation.

Provides a firsthand account of life in low-wage America--the story of Ehrenreich's attempts to eke out a living while working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate. --From publisher description.

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">It is hotter inside than out, but I do all right until I encounter the banks of glass doors. Each one has to be Windexed, wiped, and buffed-inside and out, top to bottom, left to right, until it's as streakless and invisible as a material substance can be. Outside, I can see construction guys knocking back Gatorade, but the rule is that no fluid or food item can touch a maid's lips when she's inside a house. I sweat without replacement or pause, not in individual drops but in continuous sheets of fluid, soaking through my polo shirt, pouring down the backs of my legs. Working my way through the living room(s), I wonder if Mrs. W. will ever have occasion to realize that every single doodad and object through which she expresses her unique, individual self is, from the vantage point of a maid, only an obstacle on the road to a glass of water. Excerpted from Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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