The real-life Nickel and Dimed the author of the wildly popular Poverty Thoughts essay tells what it s like to be working poor in America. ONE OF THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS OF THE YEAR--Esquire DEVASTATINGLY SMART AND FUNNY. 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. Barbara Ehrenreich, from the Foreword As the haves and have-ts grow more separate and unequal in America, the working poor don t get heard from much. Now they have a voice and it s forthright, funny, and just a little bit furious. Here, Linda Tirado tells what it s like, day after day, to work, eat, shop, raise kids, and keep a roof over your head without eugh money. She also answers questions often asked about those who live on or near minimum wage: Why don t they get better jobs? Why don t they make better choices? Why do they smoke cigarettes and have ugly lawns? Why don t they borrow from their parents? Enlightening and entertaining, Hand to Mouthopens up a new and much-needed dialogue between the people who just don t have it and the people who just don t get it.
Linda Tirado is a completely average American with two kids and, until recently, two jobs. Her essay Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, Poverty Thoughts was picked up by the Huffington Post, the Nation, and countless other publications, and was read by more than six million people. This is her first book.