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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
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Socio - economic reality. An author takes on a stint of time surviving on minimum wage jobs in five different geographic areas of America. She is convincing; despite the fact that she has the luxury NOT giving up her health insurance, not giving up her car, and of knowing that her poverty will eventually END. And lucratively at that- after all she is on assignment from a very high end magazine. Still and all, the point is made, the people who care for the elderly, work for cleaning services, work as fast food servers, or stock shelves at that "W" store - while "employed" are the working poor. Recent travel through some poor sections, we noticed "pay day loans" and that is how minimum wage people survive - especially when a crisis - car troubles, illness, family situations that force absence from hourly jobs - occur. Makes you think. Makes you sad and mad.
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