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Hand to mouth : living in bootstrap America

Author: Linda Tirado
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Berkley trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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As the haves and have-nots grow more separate and unequal in America, the working poor don't get heard from much. Now they have a voice. Here, Linda Tirado tells what it's like, day after day, to work, eat, shop, raise kids, and keep a roof over your head without enough money. She also answers questions often asked about those who live on or near minimum wage: Why don't they get better jobs? Why don't they make  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Linda Tirado
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Tirado
ISBN: 9780425277973 0425277976
OCLC Number: 900623696
Notes: Originally published: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014].
Description: xxvi, 211 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Foreword / Barbara Ehrenreich --
It takes money to make money --
You get what you pay for --
You can't pay a doctor in chickens anymore --
I'm not angry so much as I'm really tired --
I've got way bigger problems than a spinach salad can solve --
This part is about sex --
We do not have babies for welfare money --
Poverty is fucking expensive --
Being poor isn't a crime, it just feels like it --
An open letter to rich people.
Responsibility: Linda Tirado.

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As the haves and have-nots grow more separate and unequal in America, the working poor don't get heard from much. Now they have a voice. Here, Linda Tirado tells what it's like, day after day, to work, eat, shop, raise kids, and keep a roof over your head without enough money. She also answers questions often asked about those who live on or near minimum wage: Why don't they get better jobs? Why don't they make better choices? Why do they smoke cigarettes and have ugly lawns? Why don't they borrow from their parents? 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."

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