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Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in America - Barbara Ehrenreich, 2001

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In Nickel-And-Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich attempts to live in poverty voluntarily. She decides that in order to really understand the plight of the poor and actually analyze how difficult it is to get by, she must try it out herself. Her experience was very interesting, very disappointing, but I would not go as far as to say that it was very surprising. As I read through it, the things she described seemed pretty obvious. I never thought otherwise - I know that people in this social class receive very low wages and that it is difficult to get by. At some points in the reading, I was surprised by how little Barbara was really making.

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