Barbara Ehrenreich Is a journalist and writer who is willing to tackle some very tough subjects. You may have heard of her book Nickel And Dimed: On Not Getting By In America. The author took a series of low paying jobs to see if you could actually make ends meet. It makes for some pretty interesting reading!
My other favorite book by this author is Bright-Sided. This book has a very interesting idea: that Americans mistake critical analysis for pessimism and this inability to address our problems damages social discourse.
Recommended for anyone who wants a good read and people interested in current affairs.
Link to review of Nickel and Dimed in Dissent Magazine
Five jobs and three cities later, Ehrenreich concludes that many of today’s jobs don’t pay enough to support one person—much less a whole family. She works two jobs at a time andeats “chopped meat, beans, cheese and noodles.” But in all three cities, rent gets the
better of her economy. “You don’t need a degree in economics,” she writes, “to see that
wages are too low and rents too high.” But this is a mathematical conclusion, which could
have been made with the aid of a calculator. By taking these jobs herself, Ehrenreich is able to capture the material details of workplace indignity.”