Nickel and dimed book report
Nickel and Dimed Summary from LitCharts | The creators of SparkNotesWorried about plagiarism? Read this. Help Login Sign Up. Ever wonder what it would be like to work two jobs and still be poor? Ever wonder what it would be like to be unable to afford some of the simple luxuries that we all sometimes take for granted? In America, the great country we have come to know, millions of people are doing just that.
Book review: Nickel and Dimed - By Barbara Ehrenreich
Nickel and Dimed
Barbara Ehrenreich. The U. Though she steps in and out of the lives of the minimum-wage workers who befriend her, she is a very powerful, effective advocate for them. However, Ehrenreich gives it a try in three cities, working as a waitress, housekeeper and Wal-Mart clerk. She reports from the front lines, where the working poor eat potato chips for dinner and sleep in fleabag motels, and she does the same.
Nickel and Dimed opens with Barbara Ehrenreich , a writer and journalist from Key West, Florida, at a lunch with her editor discussing pitches and article ideas. She speculates what it would be like to actually try to live on the minimum wage, and says that some enterprising journalist should try to do it—not thinking that the editor will say it should be her. Barbara grew up in a relatively comfortable environment, but all the previous generations of her family were working-class miners, and poverty has been close enough to her that she clings gratefully to her comfortable, flexible writing job. She recognizes that her task will hardly approximate the real-life experience of a poor person, since she is healthy, has no children in tow, and is only doing this experiment temporarily. She is trying merely to see if she can achieve an equilibrium between income and expenses. Barbara starts in Key West.
Ehrenreich begins her book by discussing her preparations for her endeavor. The idea is to enter the low-wage workforce for a period of time as a way of investigating poverty in the age of welfare reform. Though she tries to steer clear of waitressing, that is exactly where she winds up—serving tables at a restaurant called Hearthside, attached to a big discount chain hotel. After only a few days on the job, major problems arise. First, management is oppressive. The latter problem is a deal-breaker: Ehrenreich must find a second job to supplement her income.
Ehrenreich, who has a dozen books behind her dealing with the social and political hallmarks of our economic system, has here, with ''Nickel and Dimed,'' followed in an honored journalistic tradition and written a valuable and illuminating book.
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The book is divided into three sections, each of which finds Ehrenreich in a new location, looking for work and a place to live. Her first stop was Key West, where she took a job as a waitress at one restaurant before moving to a busier one attached to a hotel. In the second section, she journeyed to Maine, where she picked up a job working for a cleaning service during the week and working at a nursing home on the weekends. Finally, it was on to the heartland of America, Minnesota, where she was shocked to discover a severe affordable housing shortage. In each location, Ehrenreich tried to live as cheaply as possible, often finding shelter at hotels, motels, and trailer parks that cater to those unable to afford an apartment.