Nickel and Dimed

by Barbara Ehrenreich | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0805063897 Global Overview for this book
Registered by msrubble on 12/16/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by msrubble on Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Barbara Ehrenreich wondered aloud what would happen to women who were expected to join the work force when the welfare system was overhauled. How would they make it? The question led to an article and then this book.

Ehrenreich applied for, and tried to hold, entry-level jobs in three different areas of the United States. Her experiment was to experience re-entering the work force and to see whether wages were enough to live on.

She had some advantages that others don't: a car, being white and a native English speaker, good health while she was working on this project, a bank account she told herself she would use if she would otherwise go hungry, and no dependents.

This was in 1998-2000, when the U.S. economy was prospering. Ehrenreich chose one of the locations because it had a very low unemployment rate. What she had not realized was that this same area also had a very low vacancy rate for housing. In fact, for those in good health, the author's conclusion is that the lack of affordable housing is the biggest problem for low-income workers.

The author does not offer a solution. Her privilege shows through at times. Her left-leaning politics are clearly visible, and may grate on some readers. Nevertheless, this is an interesting look at people trying to make a go of it at the minimum wage end of the spectrum. It may poke a hole in some stereotypes. Despite its flaws and the changed economic situation, this is a book worth reading.

Journal Entry 2 by msrubble at Geocache in Dawson, Minnesota USA on Sunday, December 20, 2020

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