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NICKEL & DIMED (10TH ANNIV) (P)

NICKEL & DIMED (10TH ANNIV) (P)
$16.00
$12.00
$12.00 - $16.00

Barbara Ehrenreich, our sharpest and most original social critic, goes undercover in Nickel and Dmined as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job -- any job -- can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly unskilled, that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you int to live indoors.

Nickel and Dimed 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. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich's perspective and for a rare view of how prosperity looks from the bottom. You will never see anything -- from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal -- in quite the same way again.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780312626686
Publication Date: 
2011-08-02
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Stone Motel - Memoirs of a Cajun Boy

Stone Motel - Memoirs of a Cajun Boy
$25.00
New/Used: New
In the summers of the early 1970s, Morris Ardoin and his siblings helped run their family's roadside motel in a hot, buggy, bayou town in Cajun Louisiana. The stifling, sticky heat inspired them to find creative ways to stay cool and out of trouble. When they were not doing their chores--handling a colorful cast of customers, scrubbing motel-room toilets, plucking chicken bones and used condoms from under the beds--they played canasta, an old ladies' game that provided them with a refuge from the sun and helped them avoid their violent, troubled father.

Morris was successful at occupying his time with his siblings and the children of families staying in the motel's kitchenette apartments but was not so successful at keeping clear of his father, a man unable to shake the horrors he had experienced as a child and, later, as a soldier. The preteen would learn as he matured that his father had reserved his most ferocious attacks for him because of an inability to accept a gay or, to his mind, broken, son. It became his dad's mission to "fix" his son, and Morris's mission to resist--and survive intact. He was aided in his struggle immeasurably by the love and encouragement of a selfless and generous grandmother, who provides his story with much of its warmth, wisdom, and humor. There's also suspense, awkward romance, naughty French lessons, and an insider's take on a truly remarkable, not-yet-homogenized pocket of American culture.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781496827722
Publication Date: 
2020-04-15
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THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING (P) *Only reader required for Throop section ONLY*

THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING (P) *Only reader required for Throop section ONLY*
$17.95

More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. In This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the survivors managed on a practical level and how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the unprecedented carnage with its belief in a benevolent God. Throughout, the voices of soldiers and their families, of statesmen, generals, preachers, poets, surgeons, nurses, northerners and southerners come together to give us a vivid understanding of the Civil War's most fundamental and widely shared reality.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780375703836
Publication Date: 
2009-01-06
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WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?

WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?
$22.00
$16.50
$16.50 - $22.00
From one of the world's acknowledged experts on management comes a charming parable filled with insights designed to help readers manage change quickly and prevail in changing times.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780399144462
Publication Date: 
1998-09-08
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