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Ehrenreich, Barbara.

Summary: Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, the author 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, she left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Picador 2011

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1 available in Book Club Kit, Call number: Book Club Kit 305.569 EHR

Land, Stephanie

14 holds on 4 copies

Summary: Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, took classes online to earn a college degree. And she wrote relentlessly: true stories of overworked and underpaid Americans; of living on food stamps and WIC coupons. Here...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hachette Books 2019

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 921 LAN

Summary: A teenage girl comes of age in Beverly Hills, California in 1976. Her life is further complicated by her family's tenuous financial situation and her friendship with her ne'er-do-well cousin.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 1998

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1 available in Comedy DVDs, Call number: DVD COMEDY SLU

Orleck, Annelise

Summary: "The story of low-wage workers rising up around the world to demand respect and a living wage. We Are All Fast Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages traces the evolution of a new global labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from Manila to Manhattan, from Baja California to Bangladesh, from Capetown to Cambodia. This is an up close and personal look at...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Beacon Press 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 331 ORL

Louis, Édouard

Summary: "An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy. "Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again. Today I'm really gonna be a tough guy." Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different --...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2017

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC LOU

Bruder, Jessica

2 holds on 2 copies

Summary: "From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W. W. Norton & Company 2017

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Cheever, Benjamin

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bloomsbury 2001

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 813.54 CHE

Ehrenreich, Barbara.

Summary: To discover how others exist on minimum wage, the author leaves her home, takes the cheapest lodgings she can find, and accepts whatever jobs she's offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she works variously as a waitress, nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She learned many things, including the fact that one job is not enough: you need at least two if you intend to live...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Recorded Books, LLC 2004

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 305.569 Ehr

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CDA 305.569 Ehr

Summary: "Over three years, the film follows four hard-working individuals as they strive for their piece of the American Dream but find only low wages, dead end jobs, and a tattered safety net in their way."--Container.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Docurama 2006

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC WAG

Smarsh, Sarah

Summary: During Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the '80s and '90s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country's changing economic policies solidified her family's place among the working poor. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, this...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scribner 2018

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1 available in Browsing Hot Titles, Call number: HOT TITLE

Ehrenreich, Barbara.

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...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Metropolitan Books 2001

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Adult, Call number: 305.569 EHR

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.569 EHR

Rivlin, Gary.

Summary: "A unique and riveting exploration of one of America's largest and fastest-growing industries--the business of poverty"--Provided by publisher.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Harper Business 2010

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 339.46 RIV

Summary: In this landmark living history series, a Victorian tenement in the heart of London's East End has been painstakingly brought back to life. Host Michael Mosley joins a group of 21st century families as they move in and experience the tough living and working conditions of the Victorian poor.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV VIC

Summary: While poverty has traditionally been a problem only for the unemployed, a new demographic of Americans has emerged-the working poor. This program explores the disturbing realities that many people in low-wage jobs face every day-such as having to decide whether to pay the rent, buy groceries, or see a doctor. Viewers will learn how standards of living are often measured, how suburban areas have...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Edelman, Peter B.

Summary: Odfers an informed analysis of how the United States can be so wealthy yet have an outsized number of unemployed and working poor.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: New Press 2012

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 339.46 EDE

Honey, Michael K

Summary: "Fifty years ago, a single bullet robbed us of one of the world's most eloquent voices for human rights and justice. [This book] goes beyond the iconic view of Martin Luther King Jr. as an advocate of racial harmony, to explore his profound commitment to the poor and working class and his call for 'nonviolent resistance' to all forms of oppression--including the economic injustice that 'takes...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton & Company 2018

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Summary: The dawning of the 21st century was a milestone in the longest and strongest economic expansion in America's history. But as the nation's fortunes rose, the emphasis on wealth-building left many feeling psychologically overdrawn. Did consumerism fill that feeling of emptiness? And did an increasing GNP really make Americans any happier? This program explores the hidden emotional costs...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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McMillan, Tracie.

Summary: "What if you couldn't afford nine dollar tomatoes? That was the question award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan couldn't escape as she watched the debate about America's meals unfold, one that urges us to pay food's true cost - which is to say, pay more. So in 2009 McMillan embarked on a groundbreaking undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year, she...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scribner 2012

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 641.3 MCM

Summary: During the recent period of high employment and low inflation, the economic fortunes of the U.S. could hardly have been better. But as the rich got richer, the gap between rich and poor grew all the larger. Today's concerns over recession notwithstanding, has the gulf between the haves and the have-nots finally widened to the point of moral indefensibility? Have the nation's obligations to...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: This program weighs the financial savings of a reformed welfare system against our responsibility to those who need help. Political and religious leaders discuss the feasibility of establishing a new system that works to eliminate the problems of crime, drugs, poverty, and unwanted births. Critics and supporters of current reform efforts discuss their views. Those interviewed include a New...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Zinn, Howard

Summary: America's story from the point of view of its women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. Features analysis of some of the most important events in this country in the past 100 years.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: AK Press Audio 1998

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 973 ZIN