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Senior Book Club
May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm| Kingsley Branch Library
Our Senior Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month* in the library’s Community Room. A lively discussion is always in session when this group of people meets!
For May, we will read and discuss “Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich.
If you have questions, or need to reserve a copy of the book, please call the library at 231-263-5484.
(*We do not meet in December, June, July, or August.)
Summary: 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 -- could be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six to seven dollars an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered as a woefully inexperienced homemaker returning to the workforce. So began a grueling, hair raising, and darkly funny odyssey through the underside of working America. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, Ehrenreich worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. 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 intend to live indoors.
Call Number: 305.569 Ehrenreich 2001