Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting by in America Topics for Discussion

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Do you agree with the author's premise that it is nearly impossible to live on minimum wage? Why or why not?

The writer's first person narrative helps bring us closer to the subject. However, this "diary" style writing brings up the question of objectivity. Think of three areas in which the author's experience might be very different from those of other minimum wage workers. Discuss why you think her observations might be questionable.

How do you feel about the author's admission that she has smoked marijuana? Why do you think she waited to discuss this until later in the book?

Why does the author choose not to discuss the skin color and facial features of many of her coworkers?

Do you agree with Ehrenreich's belief that America needs a higher minimum wage? How about a social safety net for the poor?

What purpose does humor...

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