Nickel and Dimed | Granta

  • Published: 01/04/2021
  • ISBN: 9781783787548
  • Granta Books
  • 240 pages

Nickel and Dimed

Barbara Ehrenreich

Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. Distinguished journalist Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them in order to find out how anyone could survive on six to seven dollars an hour. Ehrenreich left home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find and accepted whatever job she was offered, from cleaning to care work, waitressing to folding clothes at Wal-Mart. So began a gruelling, hair-raising and darkly funny odyssey through the underside of working America.

An extraordinary achievement ... surely one of the most gripping political books ever written


A valuable and illuminating book ... Barbara Ehrenreich is now our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism

New York Times

A funny, humane and important book, a testimony to those who lie forgotten at the bottom of the corporate heap

Deborah Moggach, Independent

The Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fifteen books, including the bestselling Smile or Die and Nickel and Dimed. She has written for Time, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine and various British newspapers including The Times and the Guardian. She lives in Virginia, USA.

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‘I didn’t start my journal with the idea of recording my progress toward the ultimate truth.’