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Anderson - Anderson Main Library 305.569092 Ehrenreich Barbara (Text) 24077513 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 0805063897
  • ISBN: 9780805063899
  • Physical Description: print
    230 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Owl Books edition.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Metropolitan/Owl/Henry Holt, 2002.

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General Note:
Includes Reading Group Guide.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: Getting ready -- Serving in Florida -- Scrubbing in Maine -- Selling in Minnesota -- Evaluation -- Reader's guide.
Summary, etc.: Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job -- any job -- could be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six to seven dollars an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered as a woefully inexperienced homemaker returning to the workforce. So began a grueling, hair raising, and darkly funny odyssey through the underside of working America. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, Ehrenreich worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors.
Target Audience Note:
1340L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader UG 8.5 12 67084
Subject: Minimum wage -- United States
Unskilled labor -- United States
Poverty -- United States
Working poor -- United States
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