Barbara Ehrenreich at a New York Times discussion, 2006

Barbara Ehrenreich is a best selling author of multiple books, a columnist and contributor to magazines. Her best known work is probably Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. This work chronicled what it is like to be living on a low-wage job in the U.S.A. Another work is Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream. In this book she explores what it is like to be middle class and caught in a business cycle where companies routinely cut large experienced, white-collar employees who have "done everything right." In both Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch she does some undercover work and combines stories of her experiences, others she meets, experts and information from other sources, pulling these elements together into a narrative rather than a list of data. Ms Ehrenreich has written on business, economic, feminist and political issues. Her work has won many awards.

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