Beth Frost's Reviews > Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
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Feb 08, 2011

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An interesting book, with what seems like a compassionate and involved writer/anthropologist... And her conclusion is obviously well-intended.

But there were parts of the book where I found it extremely hard to not be offended. Not only was the experiment flawed for many reasons (which can be found in other reviews, enumerated by the dozens), but several of her statements, meant to be "nice" or "compassionate", actually just came across as condescending and holier-than-thou. Either about the higher-class public that could be reading the book, or toward the lower-class public that she had infiltrated.

All in all, I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone to read... People who have worked jobs like this will be offended and see no point in her rambling experiment, and people who haven't will find faults that nullify the whole thing.

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