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Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America - Linda Tirado
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
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"I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. Well, not this book, because I never imagined that the book I was waiting for would be so devastatingly smart and funny, so consistently entertaining and unflinchingly on target. In fact, I would like to have written it myself – if, that is, I had... show more
"I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. Well, not this book, because I never imagined that the book I was waiting for would be so devastatingly smart and funny, so consistently entertaining and unflinchingly on target. In fact, I would like to have written it myself – if, that is, I had lived Linda Tirado’s life and extracted all the hard lessons she has learned. I am the author of Nickel and Dimed, which tells the story of my own brief attempt, as a semi-undercover journalist, to survive on low-wage retail and service jobs. Tirado is the real thing." —from the foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado, in her signature brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of these preconceived notions and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two), but what poverty is truly like—on all levels.  In her thought-provoking voice, Tirado discusses how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why “poor people don’t always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should.”   
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780399171987 (0399171983)
ASIN: 399171983
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
3.0 Makes you think about what it's like to be poor
I only somewhat followed the drama that followed the publication of Tirado's essay on poverty and being poor. She was accused of being fake, of lying, of how her experiences didn't match those of others, etc. But clearly her work hit a nerve with people, being published in several outlets and eventu...
dianeh92345
dianeh92345 rated it
3.0 Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
I've been upper middle class with a sudden drop to lower class and now back to middle class. I believe what the author has written here because I've lived it. However, I didn't see much new here compared to Nickle and Dimed.
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