Nickel and Dimed
Nickel and Dimed
On (Not) Getting By in America
Holt Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780805088380, 256pp.
Publication Date: June 24, 2008
The bestselling, landmark work of undercover reportage, now updated
Acclaimed as an instant classic upon publication, "Nickel and Dimed" has sold more than 1.5 million copies and become a staple of classroom reading. Chosen for "one book" initiatives across the country, it has fueled nationwide campaigns for a living wage. Funny, poignant, and passionate, this revelatory firsthand account of life in low-wage America--the story of Barbara Ehrenreich's attempts to eke out a living while working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate--has become an essential part of the nation's political discourse.
Now, in a new afterword, Ehrenreich shows that the plight of the underpaid has in no way eased: with fewer jobs available, deteriorating work conditions, and no pay increase in sight, "Nickel and Dimed" is more relevant than ever.
". . . you will read this explosive little book cover to cover and pass it on to all your friends and relatives."
—Diana Henriques, The New York Times [Business Section]
"Jarring, full of riveting grit . . . This book is already unforgettable."
—Susannah Meadows, Newsweek
"Angry, amusing . . . An in-your-face expose."
—Anne Colamosca, Business Week
"With grace and wit, Ehrenreich discovers . . . the irony of being nickel and dimed during unprecedented prosperity."
—Eileen Boris, The Boston Globe
"Ehrenreich is a superb and relaxed stylist [with] a tremendous sense of rueful humor."
—Stephen Metcalf, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Barbara Ehrenreich . . . is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism."
—Dorothy Gallagher, The New York Times Book
"Reading Ehrenreich is good for the soul."
"Ehrenreich is passionate, public, hotly lucid, and politically engaged."
"Ehrenreich's scorn withers, her humor stings, and her radical light shines on."
—The Boston Globe
"One of today's most original writers."
—The New York Times
"Barbara Ehrenreich is smart, provocative, funny, and sane in a world that needs more of all four."