The book is subtitled, On (Not) Getting by in America. It’s a classic social experiment slash investigative journal by one of the finest non-fiction writers in America. It came out in 2001 and now comes with a ten year anniversary afterword. Sorry, I keep describing the book without saying anything qualitatively about it. The reason is, I don’t have much to say. The book is quite capable of standing on it’s own two feet without a lame-assed review from me.
I heard her speak with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now last year and I finally got it together to order the book a month or so ago. I tell ya, I’ll read anything this woman writes. She has such an open trusting style you can’t help follow her every word. She’s like the worldly, highly educated aunt that always has something important to say and never gets shrill in the face of blatant injustice. Usually books like these are heavy on the experiment and light on the conclusions. Not hers. Ms. Ehrenreich has the education, the experience, and the cred to hit the nail squarely on its Frankenstein head when it comes to why America is the way she experienced it. An important, entertaining, beautifully written work. As if it didn’t need anymore fuel, the Occupy Movement would do well to set her books on the top of its reading list.