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Nickel and Dimed sheds new light on low-wage jobs in America

I recently read the book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich for a class, and it showed me just how difficult it can be for low-wage workers to survive in America.  The book is written by a journalist who decides to see if she can get by in various areas of the country working only low-wage jobs.  Some of her jobs include waitressing at various restaurants, housekeeping in a hotel, working for a maid service, serving food to Alzheimer's patients at a nursing home, and working at Wal-Mart.  Having worked in a few restaurants myself, I was amazed by the accuracy of her descriptions, and was given a new perspective on various aspects of my job.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone; if you have worked a low-wage job then you will be able to relate to what she describes, and either way you will certainly gain a new appreciation for the workers you encounter on a daily basis.  Ehrenreich's use of humor and witty descriptions help to make it a fairly quick read, and you will be shocked by her story of "(Not) Getting by in America."
 
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jmu_english_major23 wrote:
I recently read the book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich for a class, and it showed me just how difficult it can be for low-wage workers to survive in America.  The book is written by a journalist who decides to see if she can get by in various areas of the country working only low-wage jobs.  Some of her jobs include waitressing at various restaurants, housekeeping in a hotel, working for a maid service, serving food to Alzheimer's patients at a nursing home, and working at Wal-Mart.  Having worked in a few restaurants myself, I was amazed by the accuracy of her descriptions, and was given a new perspective on various aspects of my job.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone; if you have worked a low-wage job then you will be able to relate to what she describes, and either way you will certainly gain a new appreciation for the workers you encounter on a daily basis.  Ehrenreich's use of humor and witty descriptions help to make it a fairly quick read, and you will be shocked by her story of "(Not) Getting by in America."
 
~Katelyn


Hi-----jmu-----My in person Book Club read Nickel and Dimed for one of our discussions. I agree that it's a great book and really shows what minimum wage is like.
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Re: Nickel and Dimed sheds new light on low-wage jobs in America

This book, in my opinion, was garbage.  Yes she sheds light on some things... but if she did not take money from what she already had or used resources that she already had she never would have made it.  She was using resources those people don't have.  Yeah, I know that really shows the reader that low-wage jobs holders have it rough but they don't have another bank account to fall back on... so in the end I was just not impressed with her or this book.
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Re: Nickel and Dimed sheds new light on low-wage jobs in America

Oh dear, I will try to keep this short and sweet.  Nickel and Dimed is probably the biggest piece of trash that I have ever read.  It is entirely insulting and belittling to anyone who has actually had to(or still does) do any of these "working class" jobs.  I am further enraged that the author has been able to convince some in the teaching profession that this actually passes the test of enlightening, educational and required reading?  I would love to bring Barbara to work with me one day..I guarantee that she would leave truly humbled.
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