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  • Hand to Mouth

  • Living in Bootstrap America
  • By: Linda Tirado
  • Narrated by: Linda Tirado
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (451 ratings)

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Hand to Mouth

By: Linda Tirado
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Publisher's summary

From the author of the eye-opening and controversial essay on poverty that was read by millions comes the real-life Nickel and Dimed, as Linda Tirado explains what it's like to be working poor in America, and why poor people make the decisions they do.

We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado, in her signature brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of these preconceived notions and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two), but what poverty is truly like - on all levels. In her thought-provoking voice, Tirado discusses how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why "poor people don't always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should."

©2014 Linda Tirado (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“Refreshingly infuriating...Tirado’s raw clarity is startling.” (The New York Times Book Review)

"Poverty is a potential outcome for all of us. Outspoken and vindictive, Tirado embodies the cyclical vortex of today’s struggle to survive.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Gripping... Articulate, insightful, and saturated with life experience, Tirado's story is not unlike millions of others in America, but her strong voice has the opportunity to bring that story to new ears.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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