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Author Ehrenreich, Barbara.

Title Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America / Barbara Ehrenreich
Edition First Owl Books edition
Published New York : Metropolitan/Owl Books, 2002

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Description 230 pages ; 21 cm
Contents Introduction: Getting ready -- Serving in Florida -- Scrubbing in Maine -- Selling in Minnesota -- Evaluation -- Reader's guide
Summary Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, the author decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job, any job could be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six to seven dollars an hour? To find out, she left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered as a woefully inexperienced homemaker returning to the workforce. So began a grueling, hair raising, and darkly funny odyssey through the underside of working America. 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. 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 intend to live indoors
Notes First published in hardcover in 2001 by Metropolitan Books
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes 770 Lexile
Accelerated Reader 8.5
Reading Counts! 10.0
Alex Award winner, 2002
Subject Ehrenreich, Barbara.
Working poor -- United States.
Minimum wage -- United States.
Unskilled labor -- United States.
Poverty -- United States.
Employment.
Income.
Poverty.
United States.
United States.
Genre/Form Popular Work.
Popular Works [Publication Type].
LC no. 00052514
ISBN 0805063897 paperback