Nickel and Dimed

ISBN-10: 0805063897

ISBN-13: 9780805063899

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Barbara Ehrenreich, Frances Fox Piven

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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. Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the "lowliest" occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors. 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.
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List price: $13.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 5/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of "Blood Rites"; "The Worst Years of Our Lives"; "Fear of Falling", which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, & eight other books. A frequent contributor to Time, Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic, Mirabella, The Nation, The New York Magazine, she lives near Key West, Florida.

Frances Fox Pivenis Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author ofRegulating the Poor,Poor People’s Movements,The New Class War, andThe Breaking of the American Social Compact(The New Press), and co-author, with the late Richard A. Cloward ofWhy Americans Don’t Vote. She is the recipient of the American Sociological Association Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology. She lives in Manhattan and Millerton, New York.

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