Nickel and Dimed – Millions of Americans work for wages at the poor level, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was partly inspired by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, promising that any job equates to a better life. But how could anyone survive, to just thrive, and get over $ 6 to $ 7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, staying in the cheapest available shelters and taking jobs as waitresses, hotel maids, house cleaners, nursing assistants and sales staff. by Wal-Mart. She soon found out that even the lowest “ professions ” require physical and mental exertion. And a job isn’t enough, you need at least two if you intend to live indoors.
Nickel and Dimed have revealed America’s low wages in all of the surprising resilience, anxiety and generosity – a land of Big Box, fast food and thousands of reckless strategies to give birth. exist. Immediately acclaimed for its wisdom, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way Americans see their inferior work.