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

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

by Barbara Ehrenreich Author

In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich, inspired by the then-recent welfare reforms and curious about the life of those that those reforms would most directly affect or help, decided to join America's minimum-wage workers for two years. She found the cheapest lodgings she could and started looking for jobs in a completely self-directed, long-term social experiment of sorts. Now, here in Nickel and Dimed, Ehrenreich details her journey and the hardships she faced, shedding light on the hard work and exhausting lives of millions of overlooked Americans: a life in which one job is not enough to sleep indoors, food is hard to come by, and you learn on your feet or don't get by at all.

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