Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nickel and Dimed

Nickel and Dimed On (Not) Getting By in America

Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Another banned book under my belt. Actually, this is a re-read from several years ago, and since I saw it on the banned book list (in New Hampshire, Kansas, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania), I wanted to get it again to see why in the world? According to Marshall University Library, this book was on the list in 2004, 2010, and 2011 for language, "offensive references to Christianity, and biased portrayal of capitalism." Ehrenreich is a self-proclaimed atheist in her book, but she didn't say anything about Christians that I haven't heard before (and isn't true about most of us)! Barbara's story is a non-fiction, researched account of how minimum-wage (or less) workers are NOT getting by in America. She researched by locating herself in three different areas of the country, finding work, a place to live, and driving a rent-a-wreck. I have to say that after reading her well-written (with footnotes) account, that doesn't sound anything like a research report, I am appalled and ashamed that our country full of wealthy people allow others to live in such conditions, and treat others so poorly.

Big question: How do we live? How do we survive? Who is my brother? In the paperback edition, there are excellent discussions questions in the back.

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