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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich - MonkeyNotes by PinkMonkey.com

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Nickel and Dimed
:On (Not) Getting By in America

by

Barbara Ehrenreich 2001

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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich - MonkeyNotes by PinkMonkey.com

SETTING
During the course of this investigation Ehrenreich visits three places: Florida, Maine, and Minnesota. She begins her research in Florida because it is close to home. She goes to Maine because there is a virtually all-white lowwage workforce. She chooses Minnesota more or less at random; although finally decides to go because she in under the impression that there is an abundance of jobs and homes there.

CHARACTER LIST
Barbara Ehrenreich - Ehrenreich is the author of this work. She attempts to find out if single mothers could make ends meet with low-wage jobs and no Welfare assistance. Lewis Lapham - Lapham is the editor of Harper’s, with whom Ehrenreich develops the idea for her investigation. Gail - Gail is the “middle-aged wiry waitress” from the Hearthside; she is responsible for training Ehrenreich. Billy - Billy is a cook at the Hearthside. He has a temper and is frequently mean to the female servers. Lionel - Lionel is the Haitian busboy at the Hearthside. Timmy - Timmy is the fourteen-year-old white busboy at the Hearthside. Joan - Joan is the “svelte fortyish hostess” at the Hearthside. Phillip - Phillip is a manager at the Hearthside. Stu - Stu is a cook at the Hearthside. Joy - Joy is “a plump, blowsy woman in her early thirties”; she is a manager at Jerry’s. B.J. - B.J. is the other manager at Jerry’s. She is mean and disliked by the employees....

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