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By Linda Tirado

The real-life Nickel and Dimed—the writer of the wildly renowned “Poverty options” essay tells what it’s prefer to be operating bad in the US. one of many 5 most vital BOOKS OF THE YEAR--Esquire

“DEVASTATINGLY shrewdpermanent AND humorous. i'm the writer of Nickel and Dimed, which tells the tale of my very own short test, as a semi-undercover journalist, to outlive on low-wage retail and repair jobs. TIRADO IS the true THING.”—Barbara Ehrenreich, from the Foreword


because the haves and have-nots develop extra separate and unequal in the US, the operating bad don’t get heard from a lot. Now they've got a voice—and it’s forthright, humorous, and somewhat bit furious.

the following, Linda Tirado tells what it’s like, every day, to paintings, consume, store, elevate teenagers, and continue a roof over your head with no adequate cash. She additionally solutions questions frequently requested approximately those that continue to exist or close to minimal salary: Why don’t they recuperate jobs? Why don’t they make higher offerings? Why do they smoke cigarettes and feature gruesome lawns? Why don’t they borrow from their parents?

Enlightening and interesting, Hand to Mouth opens up a brand new and much-needed discussion among the folk who simply don’t have it and the folk who simply don’t get it.

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