Nickel and Dimed
On (not) Getting by in AmericaBook - 2011
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NICKEL AND DIMED is a wake-up call for the millions of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, and their well-heeled policymakers.
I suggest that what we need is a union, but from the look on his face I might as well have said gumballs or Prozac.
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NICKEL AND DIMED: ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA (St. Martin's Press, $13.95), is Barbara Ehrenreich's darkly humorous account of her experience with returning to work for poverty-level wages. She takes on a light tone with a subject that speaks deep to America's top-heavy economic model, pushing for income equality through humor, much of it dark. Although originally published in 2001 on the heels of the dot-com bubble, since then we've been through the economic downturn post-9/11, the Great Recession, and currently are witnessing a financial melt-down in the wake of a coronavirus pandemic, making Ehrenreich's words as relevant today as they were then. NICKEL AND DIMED is a wake-up call for the millions of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, and their well-heeled policymakers.
Other: Barely mentions drug use. Refers to it as a "chemical indiscretion" Seeks out a detox system prior to taking a drug screening for a job.