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

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Galveston County Reads 2007 book is Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.  The author chronicles her attempts to survive on $6 to $7 an hour through employment in a series of working class jobs such as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide and Wal-Mart salesperson in various regions of the United States.  Heart-wrenching, funny, and insightful, Ehrenreich provokes thought about the dilemmas that many Americans face while trying to survive in today's working world. 

Galveston County Reads is a voluntary organization composed of community representatives. It's modeled after "one city, one book" projects around the country that are designed to promote the reading of the same book at the same time by their residents of high school age through senior citizens. The committee endeavors to choose a book of interest to this community and to use the accompanying events to unify the community of Galveston County by encouraging reading and thoughtful discussions.

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