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Hand to Mouth Audiobook

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

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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

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    Jacqueline 12-30-14
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    "Buy the written copy, NOT the audio by the author"

    Look, I'm sympathetic to the author's cause, but if she is going to read it as if she's yelling at me the entire time, and with that much attitude and swearing just to be edgy... poor choice.

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 05-16-15
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "BEING POOR"

    “Hand to Mouth” is Linda Tirado’s perception and experience of being poor in America. Conservative media rants, and liberal paeans to Linda Tirado’s memoir infer guilt more than understanding. Some conservative’ pundits believe any American who works hard can get ahead. Many liberal’ pundits believe most Americans born poor will remain poor. Liberal’ pundits praise Tirado’s story because it reinforces their belief in “born poor, remain poor” while conservative’ pundits attack Tirado’s credibility because her story denies equal opportunity. If Tirado’s facts are only partly untrue, it assuages conservative guilt about belief in equal opportunity. Even if Tirado’s facts are only partly true, promotion of her story assuages liberal’s guilt for being personally successful.

    What is missing from a fair understanding of Tirado’s memoir is its fundamental truth; i.e. being a minimum wage employee in America is grindingly difficult.

    Tirado breaks the cycle with some skill as a writer but a lot of luck. Her story is picked up by the media. Her story is told every day by other minimum wage workers seen on main street; e.g. the people serving hamburgers, cleaning houses, waiting tables. Tirado’s story just became the chosen one. Tirado will have a whole new set of problems to face in her life but they will come from her own personality; not the exigencies of American society that chooses to ignore the plight of minimum wage workers.

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    PJ 11-13-14
    PJ 11-13-14
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    "EPIC!"
    Where does Hand to Mouth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hand To Mouth is at the top.


    What other book might you compare Hand to Mouth to and why?

    No other book has ever come this close to the real, visceral truth about what it's like to be poor in the United States.


    Have you listened to any of Linda Tirado’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Required reading for the middle-class and above.


    Any additional comments?

    This book hit home, big-time. Linda writes, speaks, and feels right from her heart, and I know this because I LIVE this, every single second of every single day. There were moments in this book that caused tears to well up in my eyes because you almost never read or hear your exact experiences, frustrations, and reality written or spoken as they were in this book. Linda Tirado, thank you, and bravo!

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    Mom of 3 under 3!! 01-10-16
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    "Great read/listen"

    I really enjoyed listening and hearing the author's perspective. While I knew much of this, there were many little things that individuals in poverty have to deal with that I hadn't considered. Was great to broaden my perspective and helps to make me more effective in my work. Highly recommend this read.

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    Celice Carlough 10-08-17
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    "Not all rich people are assholes either"

    I found this book interesting to listen too but found the author to be very judgmental to anybody she deems rich ie.... those making over $200,000 in income. Just like she does not like to be put in the same box, wealthy people don’t either. I know quite a few wealthy people who share their riches and care about the poor. Her views seem to be very jaded kind of sad to me but understandable to.

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    Sage California, USA 09-11-17
    Sage California, USA 09-11-17
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    "Thank You"

    I'm thankful that you finally said it. I hope we and the truth are heard.

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    deon christine glaser 06-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Succinct and True"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The author's performance adds so much to this book. If you're open to learning what it's actually like to be poor in America and don't mind feeling a bit guilty while you learn what your privilege means to poor people, this book is for you. Of course the author doesn't speak for every single poor person in this country. But she does paint a very clear picture of what millions of people like her go through just to get by. And it's not pretty. Yes, she can come off as a bit whiny at times. But you know what? She has every right to whine. It's hard as hell to be poor. Props to her for telling the truth.


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    smt4242 St. Louis, MO United States 03-01-17
    smt4242 St. Louis, MO United States 03-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Accurate!"

    While i have some reservations about the language, the reality of experience is spot on. Unless you have lived paycheck to paycheck you simply do not understand what most people go through every day. This book helps those that don't get it, get it, maybe.
    I found myself nodding several times because I've been there. I've had to decide what bill do i pay and risk the other going to collections. That is one example that some people refuse to understand. Another example, just because i didn't clean today doesn't mean I'm dirty... It means I'm tired from working, so chill out.
    Thanks!

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    J. Hand 01-15-17
    J. Hand 01-15-17
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    "How the other half lives excellently described"

    I liked everything about this book. Well done all around. The voicing was superb. It stayed engaging.

    My only nit-pick is the reading was done with a sound activated microphone apparently. Whenever a sentence was started that didn't have a previous sentence to keep the microphone on, the microphone wouldn't pick up the first part of the word. For example, "Things" would sound like "hings" as the 'th' sound was halved. It was annoying.

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    highlander 12-30-16
    highlander 12-30-16
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    "Change the names and this could be parts o my life"

    Linda does an excellent job at explainingthe how's and whys of things that can and do happen to the working poor. There were a lot of parallels to my own experiences in my twenties and thirties. So many times I remember thinking many of the things she brings out. kudos .. an added benefit after listening to Linda when I read her tweets on Twitter I hear her voice now

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