30 Day Book Challenge – Day 26

A Book that Changed your Opinion on Something

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

This book certainly changed my opinion. The description says so itself: “Nickel and Dimed reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way the nation perceives its working poor.”  Like other people who grew up not worrying about money as much as others, I didn’t really think of the “working poor too much.” Often, the opinions I had were negative. I kept thinking: why didn’t they just go to college? Why can’t they find anything better? Of course the answers aren’t that simple. This book opened my eyes to the struggle so many people face on a daily basis. She spends her days working various minimum wage jobs, exploring how difficult they can be, and trying to make ends meet. Goodreads seems to have some critical reviews of this book, but it really opened my mind up.


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