Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: A Look at Reality, and the American Minimum Wage Grind

Barbara Ehrenreich is a cultural phenomenon all by herself. The woman who has emerged from the hippie-immersed 60s as a college student and became a creative non-fiction author, has now published 24 books and taught Journalism at the University of California at Berkley in 1998 and 2000.

I recently finished reading her book Nickel and Dimed, which is her personal account of traveling across American and getting by working the minimum wage occupations that many Americans are working every day. Her story is honest, hilarious, and humble. Eherenreich does not set out to inspire herself, but her book works to inspire all of her readers. Without giving away all of its contents, I will say that given the research and the commitment that she put into the project readers will stop to realize how working minimum wage jobs can be taxing for a persons health, social capability, and family life. Americans will often neglect the hard work of people who are serving them at their favorite restaurant, or picking up the clothes that are constantly being dropped at retail stores. Everyone has a purpose in life, and these workers are more dedicated to their jobs and to actually pleasing the customers than the women and men who employ them.

If you’re interested in the hustle-and-bustle of the American minimum wage grind, I strongly suggest that you pick up a copy of Ehrenriech’s book. This work will take you on an emotional roller coaster as you experience her anger towards the unjust managers that she encounters, the bonds that she develops with her hard-working co workers, and the sadness on behalf of the true experiences of the 9 to 5 shift. Twenty-something’s who are coming out of school, or those who are already in the work-force this book will make you consider what we’re up against. Eherenreich hits us with the hard reality of the labor that occurs everyday while pumping in some hilarious situations and thoughts that she collects while she is working several jobs. Nickel and Dimed is a fascinating and inspiring book, and I urge anyone who is looking to be blown away by the reality of the American workforce to grab a copy. This book will pour over the details that you never knew before. Grab a copy and a coffee – and enjoy!

 

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