Review of Nickel and Dimed

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Title: Nickel and Dimed
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Date Completed: 03/29/2004

Rereadability Rating: 2.5
Lifechangeability Rating: 3.5
Entertainment Rating: 3.5

I flew through this book. Essentially the author decided to see if she can use none of her past to her advantage and, getting a $6-$9/hour job, “make it” in several cities in America. She found out how difficult it is. It’s just not enough money. The poor have so much going against them that makes it hard to get ahead of the curve: they can’t buy because they have no credit, they can’t afford rent close enough to where they need to work, they have no room to grow in their jobs, and more. It’s a very compelling book that changed my perspective on several things. Awakened me to the problem as it were. She points out (very persuasively) the ignorance of the view that anyone out there can just work hard and be successful. I know there’s a problem now, but the solution is still far from me.

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Note: This book review has been included in my site for historical purposes. I might not hold the same views as I did when it was written. If I don’t, hopefully I’m more right now…

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