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The Resource Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich

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Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America
Title
Nickel and dimed
Title remainder
on (not) getting by in America
Statement of responsibility
Barbara Ehrenreich
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, the author 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, she 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. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors
Summary
Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor. Author Barbara Ehrenreich decides to see if she can scratch out a comfortable living in blue-collar America. What she discovers is a culture of desperation, where workers often take multiple low-paying jobs just to keep a roof overhead
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Alex Award, 2002.
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, 2001.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2001
  • School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2002.
Awards note
Alex Award winner, 2002.
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154374
Cataloging source
VVUT
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Ehrenreich, Barbara
Dewey number
305.569
Index
no index present
Intended audience
770
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
HD4918
LC item number
.E375 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Reading level
  • 8.5.
  • 10.0.
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True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
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  • Ehrenreich, Barbara
  • Working poor
  • Minimum wage
  • Unskilled labor
  • Poverty
Target audience
adult
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on (not) getting by in America
Label
Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
Instantiates
Publication
Note
First published in hardcover in 2001 by Metropolitan Books
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Getting ready -- Serving in Florida -- Scrubbing in Maine -- Selling in Minnesota -- Evaluation -- Reader's guide
Control code
000024392976
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First Owl Books edition.
Extent
230 p.
Isbn
9780805063899
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99808247635
System control number
(OCoLC)49642555
Label
Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
Publication
Note
First published in hardcover in 2001 by Metropolitan Books
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Getting ready -- Serving in Florida -- Scrubbing in Maine -- Selling in Minnesota -- Evaluation -- Reader's guide
Control code
000024392976
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First Owl Books edition.
Extent
230 p.
Isbn
9780805063899
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99808247635
System control number
(OCoLC)49642555

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