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

by Barbara Ehrenreich | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0805063889 Global Overview for this book
Registered by TCfromKY of Mercer, Pennsylvania USA on 12/18/2002
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Journal Entry 1 by TCfromKY from Mercer, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Barbara Ehrenreich, an author and journalist, decides to take on an assignment that requires her to go undercover and become one of the millions of Americans classified as low-wage workers, an idea inspired by the recent Welfare Reform Act. This is a very eye-opening account of what it takes to try and live off of a wage that is between $6.00 and $7.00 an hour. Ehrenreich provides details of her endeavor as she sets out to live and work in three different areas of the country- Key West, Florida; Portland, Maine; and the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Either as maid, waitress, or a "team member" at the local Wal Mart, Ehrenreich lives out the daily struggles of trying to make ends meet with income barely above the poverty level. And although Ehrenreich knows that this isn't her real life, she humbly takes on the challenge as if she were a single female starting out as an inexperienced person just trying to find a job. Her book provides a realistic look at the poor working class members of society that middle class America pays little attention to. I think Ehrenreich's book should be a wake-up call for us to start doing something about the huge gap that exists between the "haves" and the "have-nots!" If only all of the CEOs, COOs, CFOs, and the other abbreviated gluttons of corporate America would accept a challenge as bold and noble as the one Barbara Ehrenreich took on, if only...

Journal Entry 2 by TCfromKY from Mercer, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, January 11, 2003
I sent this book out today via USPS to another bookcrosser living in the great state of Washington.

Journal Entry 3 by victoria-cookie from Poulsbo, Washington USA on Wednesday, January 22, 2003
I just received this from a fellow bookcrosser. Thanks for sending it my way. I will put in my to be read pile. Have a great day.

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