Karen's Reviews > Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
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May 07, 08

bookshelves: business, nonfiction, feminism
Read in May, 2008

The author gives a pretty detailed account of her time as an hourly wage worker. I haven't worked these kinds of jobs since high school, and it's sobering to read about the struggles that many adults experience as they try to live on $7 or $8 an hour. She chronicles her time as a waitress, maid, and sales associate at Wal-Mart.

Her struggles are a bit artifitial, because she really has money off site. But the accounts of her co-workers show how many struggle to live from paycheck to paycheck. Affordable housing is a real problem in the US, and the physical demands of these jobs take their toll on the workers at a very young age.
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