November 03, 2002
Nickel and Dimed

I finished Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich, over the weekend. What to say... I enjoyed reading it (even though the subject matter isn't so happy). It's a worthy book, I guess. But I think it would have been better if she had done three months in a row instead of separately. Or a year. I think the whole thing would have been a lot more interesting if I'd felt she'd taken a real risk instead of a month-long slummy holiday or something (not like she had fun or anything, of course). I don't know, I just don't see that there was a real sense of how hard it is for people who live their whole lives this way, making minimum wage.

Lots of people can fall on hard times and probably survive a month, a few months. And I'm sure it's very hard, but, oh, I'm repeating myself, but I just don't think she conveyed the reality of trying to make it in the world, raise a family, living this way.

It was humbling for me, though, to think about all of this. We don't have a lot of money, but our lives are much more secure and easy compared to so many.

Posted by Aimee at November 03, 2002 07:21 PM
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