Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

By Linda Tirado
The real-life Nickel and Dimed the author of the wildly popular Poverty Thoughts essay tells what it s like to be working poor in America. ONE OF THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS OF THE YEAR--Esquire
DEVASTATINGLY SMART AND FUNNY. I am the author of Nickel and Dimed, which tells the story of my own brief attempt, as a semi-undercover journalist, to survive on low-wage retail and service jobs. TIRADO IS THE REAL THING. Barbara Ehrenreich, from the Foreword


As the haves and have-nots grow more separate and unequal in America, the working poor don t get heard from much. Now they have a voice and it s forthright, funny, and just a little bit furious.
Here, Linda Tirado tells what it s like, day after day, to work, eat, shop, raise kids, and keep a roof over your head without enough money. She also answers questions often asked about those who live on or near minimum wage: Why don t they get better jobs? Why don t they make better choices? Why do they smoke cigarettes and have ugly lawns? Why don t they borrow from their parents?
Enlightening and entertaining, Hand to Mouthopens up a new and much-needed dialogue between the people who just don t have it and the people who just don t get it.

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Publisher Berkley Books
Publish date 09/01/2015
Pages 240
ISBN-13 9780425277973
ISBN-10 0425277976
Language English

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