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November book selection looks at life of minimum-wage earners

October 29, 2001

The November brown bag lunch will focus on Barbara Ehrenreich's book "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America."

The discussion will be held from 11 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the African American Cultural Center and will be led by Dr. Cynthia McWilliams of languages and literature department.

According to one reviewer, Ehrenreich's investigation into the lives of women working as waitresses, motel housekeepers, cleaning women, nursing aides and Wal-Mart clerks, "illuminates the underbelly of the glittering late 1990s." Ehrenreich offers a personal as well as journalistic view, as she attempts to feed, clothe and shelter herself with minimum-wage earnings.

APSU faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to bring a lunch and participate in the discussion. Prior reading of the book is unnecessary.