Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (Paperback)
by Barbara Ehrenreich
I am thoroughly enjoying this one. It’s a real page turner. Nonfiction page turner. Ehrenreich takes low-paying jobs and describes her experiences and those of her co-workers. It reminds me of so many jobs I had in my late teens and throughout my 20’s. Except in those days you could live with 3 or 4 of your friends and get by on one job. Nowadays you need to be working 2 jobs. Exhausting!
Plus, what I haven’t read in reviews of this book is how funny Ehrenreich is. And humor is a welcome balance to the grimness of many (all?) of her subjects’ lives.