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The most unsettling aspect of Barbara Ehrenreich’s eye-opening foray into the world of the working poor is that the situation has gotten worse. The United States’ economy was booming in the late 1990s when she began her project, reporting about working anonymously in minimum-wage jobs. Though she steps in and out of the lives of the minimum-wage workers who befriend her, she is a very powerful, effective advocate for them. In her book, she shows that living decently on minimum wage is impossible. However, Ehrenreich gives it a try in three cities, working as a waitress, housekeeper and Wal-Mart clerk. Her narrative flows effortlessly as she enlightens, educates and entertains.
About the Author
Barbara Ehrenreich has written 12 books and contributes often to national magazines.