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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Metropolitan Books
Publication date May 1, 2001
Pages 221
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805063882
ISBN-10 0805063889
Dimensions 1 by 8.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $23.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The sharp social critic and author of Blood Rites looks underneath the illusion of American prosperity at poverty and hopelessness in America.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job -- any job -- can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you int to live indoors.

Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich's perspective and for a rare view of how "prosperity" looks from the bottom. You will never see anything -- from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal -- in quite the same way again.


Editions
Hardcover
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Large print edition from Wheeler Pub Inc (January 1, 2003)
9781587243684 | details & prices | 311 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.59 lbs | List price $29.95
About: In an attempt to understand the lives of Americans earning near-minimum wages, the author works as a waitress in Florida, a cleaning woman in Maine, and a sales clerk in Minnesota.
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from Metropolitan Books (May 1, 2001)
9780805063882 | details & prices | 221 pages | 8.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $23.00
About: In an attempt to understand the lives of Americans earning near-minimum wages, Ehrenreich works as a waitress in Florida, a cleaning woman in Maine, and a sales clerk in Minnesota.
Paperback
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10 anv edition from Picador USA (August 2, 2011)
9780312626686 | details & prices | 244 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.52 lbs | List price $16.00
Reprint edition from Henry Holt & Co (June 24, 2008)
9780805088380 | details & prices | 244 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.48 lbs | List price $15.00
About: The bestselling, landmark work of undercover reportage, now updatedAcclaimed as an instant classic upon publication, Nickel and Dimed has sold more than 1.
Reprint edition from Owl Books (May 1, 2002)
9780805063899 | details & prices | 230 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $13.00
About: In an attempt to understand the lives of Americans earning near-minimum wages, Ehrenreich works as a waitress in Florida, a cleaning woman in Maine, and a sales clerk in Minnesota.
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (December 1, 2002)
9780606260008 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.64 lbs | List price $22.35
About: In an attempt to understand the lives of Americans earning near-minimum wages, Ehrenreich works as a waitress in Florida, a cleaning woman in Maine, and a sales clerk in Minnesota.
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (October 4, 2008)
9781439558324 | details & prices | 244 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.62 lbs | List price $23.00
from Turtleback Books (May 1, 2002); titled "Nickel And Dimed: On Not Getting By In America"
9781417618583 | details & prices | 7.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $25.75
About: In an attempt to understand the lives of Americans earning near-minimum wages, Ehrenreich works as a waitress in Florida, a cleaning woman in Maine, and a sales clerk in Minnesota.

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