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Title:
Hand to mouth living in bootstrap America
Author:
Tirado, Linda.
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Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Penguin Audio, [2014]
Physical Description:
4 audio discs (270 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Linda Tirado, explains not only what it is to be working poor in America (people can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two), but what poverty is truly like; on all levels. In her thought-provoking voice, Tirado discusses 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.
General Note:
Title from web page.

Compact discs.

Duration: 4:30:00.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781611763300
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Audiobook on CD

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From the author of the eye-opening and controversial essay on poverty that was read by millions comes the real-life Nickel and Dimed , as Linda Tirado explains what it's like to be working poor in America, and why poor people make the decisions they do.

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.

In her thought-provoking voice, Tirado discusses 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."


Author Notes

Linda Tirado is a completely average American with two kids. She has worked as a general manager at a Burger King and until just recently worked as a night cook at Ihop and as a voting rights activist for a disability nonprofit. She also writes essays on poverty and class issues. She lives in Enoch, Utah, with her husband and children. This is her first book.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Tirado tells it like it is to be poor as are millions of Americans and it's devastating. Sometimes she uses rough language, but her restraint is remarkable, given the life she describes. As an often part-time worker with no benefits, she rarely has the medical and dental benefits many people take for granted, so her teeth are bad, her health shaky, and she is often forced to walk to the one, two, or three jobs she holds down. Here, as for the many poor in the U.S., her efforts are not to make ends meet but to decide which bill not to pay and when to find time to sleep. Tirado isn't seeking pity, though her story, the story of so many like her, is downright piteous. Companies cut hours to avoid paying benefits, those paid dimes more than the minimum wage aren't counted as minimum-wage workers, and the social workers tasked with assisting those who need help are also often underpaid and overworked. That Tirado hasn't yet collapsed is testament to her courage and ability to endure the nearly unbearable consequences of hard luck, hard times, and bad laws. Enthralling and horrifying, this should be required reading for policymakers.--Kinney, Eloise Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this gripping memoir, Tirado, author of the online essay "Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, Poverty Thoughts," stands before us, her bad habits (swearing, smoking) and bad decisions fully on display, to say that even with the best-laid plans, poverty can happen to anyone. When red tape and a summer storm left her and her husband without a home and with nearly nothing to their names, the couple slid into the demoralizing treadmill that is poverty in America. With critical insight and palpable fury, Tirado tears down common assumptions and superior attitudes about the working poor, from entitlement issues to finance management, and rounds it out with some hard truths about the lack of opportunities for mobility, from the inability to survive an unpaid internship to the full-body impact of commuting an hour or more every day on foot. Articulate, insightful, and saturated with life experience, Tirado's story is not unlike millions of others in America, but her strong voice has the opportunity to bring that story to new ears. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Tirado has spent her adult life as part of that working poor and initially gained widespread media attention for her defiant justification of smoking, which provides a relatively cheap high. She explains why so many poor people don't vote (because the polls are not convenient and you're tired after two eight-hour shifts), describes what it's like to face a long walk home because your car broke down and buses don't run to your neighborhood, and explains that many poor people don't seek medical attention because they don't have insurance and don't have time to find or travel to free clinics. The message is that being poor is hard work and that you have to be smart to survive in poverty. Her story is primarily descriptive, and she frequently qualifies her remarks by saying that she speaks only from her own experience and does not talk for others. She makes some prescriptive recommendations, both political and procedural, and reminds listeners to treat poor people with courtesy and dignity. VERDICT Recommended for listeners who are concerned about the plight of the poor in America. ["Readers of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed and online followers of Tirado may find the author's debut book of interest," read the review of the Amy Einhorn: Putnam hc, LJ 10/1/14.]-Nann Blaine Hilyard, formerly with Zion-Benton P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.