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Nikki’s review of The Working Poor: Invisible in America
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Jan 15, 2009 01:49PM
You've probably already read this, but in case you haven't, I highly recommend Barbara Ehrenrich's "Nickel and Dimed." Sounds like you current book is addressing the same or simialr issues. I haven't read Ehrenrich's newer book "Bait and Switch" but I did see a copy on sale at the Half Price bookstore--so maybe I'll try that one too.
Jan 15, 2009 04:13PM
Sharon wrote: "Nikki:
You've probably already read this, but in case you haven't, I highly recommend Barbara Ehrenrich's "Nickel and Dimed." Sounds like you current book is addressing the same or simialr issue..."
Yes, Shipler mentions it...I read most of it when Cordelia had it for the Summer Read before Smith. The chapter I just finished was interesting, as it dealt with a formerly middle-class woman who became poor through divorce; she and her two children were nearly homeless but because of her middle-class upbringing and affect, and choices she made, her kids went to upscale boarding schools and Dartmouth and NE Conservatory on scholarships. Nevertheless she ended up bankrupt, which was a real blow. I thought of Ehrenreich reading this, because the one problem with doing what she did for the book is that you always know underneath that you can go home, call your husband or your sister or whatever and get out. The real poor often don't have that. It will be interesting to discuss this in my church full of affluent retirees!
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