Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickle and Dimed"

Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickle and Dimed"

Author: 
Barbara Ehrenreich

From the book jacket: "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 - 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, Ehrenreich 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."

Book Excerpt: 
"So begins my career at the hearthside, where for two weeks I work from 2:00 till 10:00 p.m. for $2.43 an hour plus tips. Employees are barred from using the front door, so I enter the first day through the kitchen, where a red-faced man with shoulder-length blond hair is throwin frozen steaks against the wall and yelling, "Fuck this shit."
Year of Publication: 
Mon, 2001-01-01
Rights Information: 
copyright, Barbara Ehrenreich
City of Publication: 
New York City
Book Publisher: 
Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt