This was a great book to read in a book club. The commentary from everyone else's point of view was enlightening. One thing that I disagree with the author with is that I believe that employer's do have a right to run drug testing on their employee's. The tests are done to cover the employer's in any potential lawsuits. If a customer sues them for something the employee may have done, the employer can point out that they had done everything in their power to hire good workers, jmo.
I read this a few years ago. Its a MUST read to understand why some families aren't making it and why something needs to change either at the gov't level or the corporate level. Its disheartening to know that some people work two jobs and still can't make ends meet. Shawn Lorette
ASA, This book is for those in corporate and high government, who have not a clue-what it means to "not get by". If anyone from a more commfortable level of acheivement really wants to know, or to help, read this book with truly an ear to understanding the plight of so very many. I personally have been in a position of working three jobs at one time, even with a college degree and sought after skill. It is outrageous that those, with far lesser posibilities for mobility- are paid such a unliving wage. Where is the shame of this country? I truly recommend this book, to encourage those who at grass roots levels, may work to rectify some of these problems. Or, those at higher levels who may legislate to rectify the problem. As for those living this nightmare, they already know the problems and cannot read this book. They are too buy working 2-3 jobs!
what is all about
Can you really survive on minimum wage? To find out, the author left her middle-class life for a year to see what life is really like for America's working poor.
Excellent journalism and investigation - Barbara brings us with her into the places she goes with such gritty, unsparing detail, you feel as if you are there, unable to wipe off the feeling of degradation and the hand-to-mouth existence shouldered by so many low-wage or minimum wage workers.
Aaw shucks! I was in the middle of this already when I lost this book in a funeral.
I wish I could find this one on the shelf again.
Rather than being a book about being poor, it's really a book about how the perceptions of the middle class crash into the realities of poverty.
I actually found myself in a similar situation about five years ago and never quite got out of it...Barbara Ehrenreich is telling the truth in this book, take it from me.
I hated reading this book. It got me bored quickly and the constant nagging about her exhaustion and how people thought annoyed me so much. I remember reading just the first few pages and falling asleep. Did you like the book?