Hand to Mouth

Living in Bootstrap America

Author: Linda Tirado

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0425277976

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 6204

Originally published in hardcover in 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Hand to Mouth

Living in Bootstrap America

Author: Linda Tirado

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399171983

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 195

View: 859

A first book by a widely read, controversial essayist on poverty profiles the realities of the working poor in America and why poor people make decisions that are popularly criticized. 40,000 first printing. Tour.

Hand to Mouth

Living in Bootstrap America

Author: Linda Tirado

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 069817528X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 4513

One of the Best 5 Books of 2014 — Esquire "I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. Well, not this book, because I never imagined that the book I was waiting for would be so devastatingly smart and funny, so consistently entertaining and unflinchingly on target. In fact, I would like to have written it myself – if, that is, I had lived Linda Tirado’s life and extracted all the hard lessons she has learned. 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." —from the foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado, in her signature brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of these preconceived notions and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two), but what poverty is truly like—on all levels. Frankly and boldly, Tirado discusses openly how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why “poor people don’t always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should.”

Hand to Mouth

A Chronicle of Early Failure

Author: Paul Auster

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 146681764X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 164

View: 5583

This is the story of a young man's struggle to stay afloat. By turns poignant and comic, Paul Auster's memoir is essentially an autobiographical essay about money--and what it means not to have it. From one odd job to the next, from one failed scheme to another, Auster investigates his own stubborn compulsion to make art and describes his ingenious, often far-fetched attempts to survive on next to nothing. From the streets of New York City and Paris to the rural roads of upstate New York, the author treats us to a series of remarkable adventures and unforgettable encounters and, in several elaborate appixes, to previously unknown work from these years.

Without a Net

Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America

Author: Michelle Kennedy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110120110X

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 1748

Michelle Kennedy had a typical middle class American childhood in Vermont. She attended college, interned in the U.S. Senate, married her high school sweetheart and settled in the suburbs of D.C. But the comfortable life she was building quickly fell apart. At age twenty-four Michelle was suddenly single, homeless, and living out of a car with her three small children. She waitressed night shifts while her kids slept out in the diner's parking lot. She saved her tips in the glove compartment, and set aside a few quarters every week for truck stop showers for her and the kids. With startling humor and honesty, Kennedy describes the frustration of never having enough money for a security deposit on an apartment—but having too much to qualify for public assistance. Without A Net is a story of hope. Michelle Kennedy survives on her wits, a little luck, and a lot of courage. And in the end, she triumphs.

Nickel and Dimed

On (Not) Getting By in America

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 9781429926645

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 3889

Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" 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.

$2.00 a Day

Living on Almost Nothing in America

Author: Kathryn J. Edin,H. Luke Shaefer

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544303180

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 7014

Thestory ofa kind of poverty in America so deep that we, as a country, don't even think exists from a leading national poverty expert who defies convention ("New York Times")"

The American Way of Poverty

How the Other Half Still Lives

Author: Sasha Abramsky

Publisher: Nation Books

ISBN: 1568587260

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 8280

Abramsky shows how poverty - a massive political scandal - is dramatically changing in the wake of the Great Recession.

The Other America

Author: Michael Harrington

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 068482678X

Category: Political Science

Page: 231

View: 9463

Presents the original report on poverty in America that led President Kennedy to initiate the federal poverty program

Hand to Mouth

The Truth about Being Poor in a Wealthy World

Author: Linda Tirado

Publisher: Virago Press

ISBN: 9780349005485

Category: Poor

Page: 224

View: 6337

Linda Tirado knows from experience what it is to be poor, to struggle to make ends meet. She has worked all hours as a food service worker in a chain restaurant to support her young family. She knows what it's like to have problems you wish you could fix, but no money, energy or resources to fix them, and no hope of getting any. In 2013, an essay on the everyday realities of poverty that Tirado wrote and posted online was read and shared around the world. In Hand to Mouth, she gives a searing, witty and clear-eyed insider account of being poor in the world's richest nation. She looks at how ordinary people fall or are born into the poverty trap, explains why the poor don't always behave in the way the middle classes think they should, and makes an urgent call for us all to understand and meet the challenges they face.

Hard Living in America's Heartland

Rural Poverty in the 21st Century Midwest

Author: Paula vW. Dail

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786474815

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

View: 2154

Despite living hard, endlessly challenging lives, the rural poor remain tirelessly optimistic, believing things will get better next year. As one struggling farmer explained, "Sometimes I feel like a jackass in a hailstorm--I just have to stand here and take it...but what the hell--it'll stop hailing sooner or later." The struggle to survive on the richest farmland in America has produced some of the nation's poorest people. However, rural poverty is not the same as urban poverty: the usual definitions and criteria do not always apply, the known predictors do not necessarily hold up, and again and again the rural poor save themselves because they know no one else will. This book refutes the common image of the poor as lazy slackers averse to work. In reality, fiercely independent, politically astute, hard-working men and women who possess a wide array of useful skills populate the rural heartland--and they struggle to stay afloat in small-town economies that rise and fall on the whims of remote farm policy decisions, a volatile world marketplace and Mother Nature, who is a fickle, wildly unpredictable business partner.

So Rich, So Poor

Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America

Author: Peter Edelman

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 1595589570

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 7316

Income disparities in our wealthy nation are now wider than at any point since the Great Depression. The structure of today’s economy has stultified wage growth for half of America’s workers—with even worse results at the bottom and for people of color—while bestowing billions on those at the top. In this “accessible and inspiring analysis” (Angela Glover Blackwell), lifelong anti­–poverty advocate Peter Edelman assesses how the United States can have such an outsized number of unemployed and working poor despite important policy gains. He delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at young people of color for whom the possibility of productive lives is too often lost on the way to adulthood. In a timely new introduction, Edelman discusses the significance of Obama’s reelection—including the rediscovery of the word “poverty”—as well as the continuing attack on the poor from the right. “Engaging and informative” (William Julius Wilson), “powerful and eloquent” (Wade Henderson), “a national treasure composed by a wise man” (George McGovern), and “a great source for summaries of our country’s antipoverty program” (Publishers Weekly), So Rich, So Poor is crucial reading for anyone who wants to understand the most critical American dilemma of the twenty-first century.

Losing Tim

How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia

Author: Paul Gionfriddo

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231537158

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

View: 9404

Paul Gionfriddo's son Tim is one of the "6 percent"—an American with serious mental illness. He is also one of the half million homeless people with serious mental illnesses in desperate need of help yet underserved or ignored by our health and social-service systems. In this moving, detailed, clear-eyed exposé, Gionfriddo describes how Tim and others like him come to live on the street. Gionfriddo takes stock of the numerous injustices that kept his son from realizing his potential from the time Tim first began to show symptoms of schizophrenia to the inadequate educational supports he received growing up, his isolation from family and friends, and his frequent encounters with the juvenile justice system and, later, the adult criminal-justice system and its substandard mental health care. Tim entered adulthood with limited formal education, few work skills, and a chronic, debilitating disease that took him from the streets to jails to hospitals and then back to the streets. Losing Tim shows that people with mental illness become homeless as a result not of bad choices but of bad policy. As a former state policy maker, Gionfriddo concludes with recommendations for reforming America's ailing approach to mental health.

Maid Not For You

Author: Jean Bergman

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1483534456

Category: Humor

Page: 275

View: 1115

As Bergman becomes dismayed and disillusioned about the realities in the low-waged workplace, she rails against them in sometimes snarky and irreverent tones. She uses her stories to draw attention on how she and her low-waged coworkers play a significant role in shaping the workplace culture as well as the socioeconomic life of this country. Along this winding and revealing path through the low-wage culture of New York City, Bergman is compelled to convey her plight that is shared by the generational working poor. And while doing so, she develops a keen sensitivity to the dangers of this existence, not only for herself but for her colleagues, her clients, and American society as a whole, for which she perceives is slipping into a quagmire of low productivity, unprofessional standards, and dangerous economic decline. Something inside of Jean Bergman leads her to take inventory of this culture that she is imbibing, and something inside keeps telling her (and finally her treacherous coworkers) that something is rotten in the City of New York. She begins to rebel, starting with subtle challenges to the system and later staging confrontational encounters with her boss and his poor administration. She begins to rally coworkers around their own cause. Yet, she slowly finds out they have neither the courage nor the wherewithal to put up a real fight. Totally dependent upon gangsters for employers and managers, they are too weary of retaliation to stand their ground. Still, Bergman stands hers while expressing her concerns beyond her immediate circle. She begins researching legal requirements in order to go against her employer, “Big Bad Bob” and his minion of a manager, Madge. Although her methods are not always exemplary, she is persistent to face the truth and thus fight it ... no matter what stands at “The Finish Line”. In the end, Bergman sets her sights on the bigger picture as she envisions what a low-waged culture means for New York City and American society as a whole. She becomes involved in social action, using social media to air her grievances and appropriating the Occupy Wall Street Movement to draw attention to the urgency of tackling the issues of America’s low wage standard. And she writes! In the final analysis, Jean Bergman refuses to succumb to the culture of a "low waged mediocrity" that she has lived in and so critically appraised. Despite its sprawling ugliness, she still loves New York City. And despite the threats to its greatness, she believes her county has the potential to become great again—if only the powers that be would take up the mantle of leadership and accountability for the sake of healthier wage standard in America. After all, Bergman’s America is too big to fail.

Class Matters

Author: The New York Times

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429956697

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 5997

The acclaimed New York Times series on social class in America—and its implications for the way we live our lives We Americans have long thought of ourselves as unburdened by class distinctions. We have no hereditary aristocracy or landed gentry, and even the poorest among us feel that they can become rich through education, hard work, or sheer gumption. And yet social class remains a powerful force in American life. In Class Matters, a team of New York Times reporters explores the ways in which class—defined as a combination of income, education, wealth, and occupation—influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of opportunity. We meet individuals in Kentucky and Chicago who have used education to lift themselves out of poverty and others in Virginia and Washington whose lack of education holds them back. We meet an upper-middle-class family in Georgia who moves to a different town every few years, and the newly rich in Nantucket whose mega-mansions have driven out the longstanding residents. And we see how class disparities manifest themselves at the doctor's office and at the marriage altar. For anyone concerned about the future of the American dream, Class Matters is truly essential reading. "Class Matters is a beautifully reported, deeply disturbing, portrait of a society bent out of shape by harsh inequalities. Read it and see how you fit into the problem or—better yet—the solution!"—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch

Myth of the Welfare Queen

A Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist's Portrait of Women on the Line

Author: David Zucchino

Publisher: Scribner

ISBN: 9780684840062

Category: Political Science

Page: 366

View: 5011

Investigates the welfare mother stereotype and follows the lives of two mothers struggling to keep their families together

Rachel and Her Children

Homeless Families in America

Author: Jonathan Kozol

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307764192

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 6801

"Extraordinarily affecting....A very important book....To read and remember the stories in this book, to take them to heart, is to be called as a witness." THE BOSTON GLOBE There is no safety net for the millions of heartbroken refugees from the American Dream, scattered helplessly in any city you can name. RACHEL AND HER CHILDREN is an unforgettable record for humanity, of the desperate voices of the men, women, and especially children, and their hourly struggle for survival, homeless in America. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Suicide in Schools

A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention

Author: Terri A. Erbacher,Jonathan B. Singer,Scott Poland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135074453

Category: Psychology

Page: 248

View: 3736

Suicide in Schools provides school-based professionals with practical, easy-to-use guidance on developing and implementing effective suicide prevention, assessment, intervention and postvention strategies. Utilizing a multi-level systems approach, this book includes step-by-step guidelines for developing crisis teams and prevention programs, assessing and intervening with suicidal youth, and working with families and community organizations during and after a suicidal crisis. The authors include detailed case examples, innovative approaches for professional practice, usable handouts, and internet resources on the best practice approaches to effectively work with youth who are experiencing a suicidal crisis as well as those students, families, school staff, and community members who have suffered the loss of a loved one to suicide. Readers will come away from this book with clear, step-by-step guidelines on how to work proactively with school personnel and community professionals, think about suicide prevention from a three-tiered systems approach, how to identify those who might be at risk, and how to support survivors after a traumatic event--all in a practical, user-friendly format geared especially for the needs of school-based professionals.

Weapons of Math Destruction

How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Author: Cathy O'Neil

Publisher: Crown Books

ISBN: 0553418815

Category: Big data

Page: 259

View: 7289

"A former Wall Street quantitative analyst sounds an alarm on mathematical modeling, a pervasive new force in society that threatens to undermine democracy and widen inequality, "--NoveList.

Being a Teen

Everything Teen Girls and Boys Should Know about Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity and More

Author: Jane Fonda

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0812978617

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 253

View: 1710

Presents a guide to identity, friendship, family, the body, sexuality, pregnancy, and bullying, based on the author's personal experiences working with young people and experts at The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.