Barbara Ehrenreich

Writer and journalist Barbara Ehrenreich is best known for her 1998 book Nickel and Dimed, in which she went undercover as a waitress, sales clerk and maid to reveal what life is like for the “unskilled” work force. In 2006, the tireless activist also created United Professionals, an organization “for unemployed, underemployed, and anxiously employed white collar workers.”

Read “Nickel and Dimed, Ten Years Later” by blogger Jeremy Freed, and check out Ehrenreich’s books below as a primer for her role as a “Remaking America” panelist.

Explore Ehrenreich’s work

1) Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (1998)
FROM METROPOLITAN BOOKS: “Our sharpest and most original social critic goes “undercover” as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.”

2) Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream (2005)
FROM METROPOLITAN BOOKS: “Bait and Switch highlights the people who’ve done everything right—gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive résumés—yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle.”

3) This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation (2008)
FROM METROPOLITAN BOOKS: “Ehrenreich’s antidotes are as sardonic as they are spot-on: pet insurance for your kids; Salvation Army fashions for those who can no longer afford Wal-Mart; and boundless rage against those who have given us a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.”

4) Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America (2009)
FROM METROPOLITAN BOOKS: “A sharp-witted knockdown of America’s love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism.”

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