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  • Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy (2002), edited by Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, is a collection of essays examining injustices regarding low-wage female workers around the world. It includes an essay by Ehrenreich, "Maid to Order," which expands on her study of maid work in Nickel and Dimed.
  • Ehrenreich's Fear of Falling (1989) is a study of the middle class and their retreat from liberalism. It complements Nickel and Dimed on a thematic level, considering the tension between social classes from another angle.
  • Jack London wrote The People of the Abyss (1903) after spending several months investigating slum conditions in London's East End. A work of journalism very similar to Nickel and Dimed, it serves as a useful contrast to Ehrenreich's investigative technique and style and is an illuminating historical document of the poor...

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