|Pages/Publication Date:||392 / 2017|
|Publisher:||Picador Modern Classics|
Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages, and in 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. Wondering if it is possible to live on $6 an hour, Ehrenreich worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk, while living in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," and that even the simplest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. A landmark of undercover journalism, Ehrenreich's 2001 book reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity - a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival.