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Publisher's Summary

Families today are squeezed on every side - from high childcare costs and harsh employment policies to workplaces without paid family leave or even dependable and regular working hours. Many realize that attaining the standard of living their parents managed has become impossible.

Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, examines the lives of many middle-class Americans who can now barely afford to raise children. Through gripping firsthand storytelling, Quart shows how our country has failed its families. Her subjects - from professors to lawyers to caregivers to nurses - have been wrung out by a system that doesn’t support them and enriches only a tiny elite.

Interlacing her own experience with close-up reporting on families that are just getting by, Quart reveals parenthood itself to be financially overwhelming, except for the wealthiest. She offers real solutions to these problems, including outlining necessary policy shifts, as well as detailing the DIY tactics some families are already putting into motion and argues for the cultural reevaluation of parenthood and caregiving. 

Written in the spirit of Barbara Ehrenreich and Jennifer Senior, Squeezed is an eye-opening audiobook. Powerfully argued, deeply reported, and ultimately hopeful, it casts a bright, clarifying light on families struggling to thrive in an economy that holds too few options. It will make listeners think differently about their lives and those of their neighbors.

©2018 Alissa Quart (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

“Brilliant - a keen, elegantly written, and scorching account of the American family today. Through vivid stories, sharp analysis and wit, Quart anatomizes the middle class’s fall while also offering solutions and hope.” (Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

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An Essential and Necessary Read

Quart’s skill as a journalist is used to compile a logical and compelling argument about American society and the cost of existing today. I appreciated her careful analysis and interviews on the macro environment and how America’s reach for progress has left and will leave so many of us scrambling for new solutions for coping.

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So hard to listen to because of narrator- uhg

Was so looking forward to listening to this book as I think the author and subject matter are spot on- but the narrator is so grating I don’t think I can muster through it. Might have to get paperback. So sad!!

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One-sided and impractical

This is a book pretends to contemplate economic issues in an entirely impractical manner. It suggests that the government pay everyone and subsidize anything their citizens need while also suggesting that US companies should either shut down their gig economy jobs, give workers the same pay for less work, and/or pay mothers and fathers for more time off. I struggle to understand where the money for all these government subsidies will come, and this question is not addressed. It surely will not come from corporate tax, as the author suggests companies take a revenue hit to provide social services to their employees.

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Stories of Everyday Struggle in America

'Squeezed' is a great set of case studies about struggling to make ends meet while being in the middle class in America. Quart covers gender discrimination, low wages for formerly middle class jobs, the gig economy, automation, carework, and more. Thought provoking and written in a narrative format, this work is a must read.

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Women should read this

This is an in-depth study of working women in America and she does a good job describing the problems and proposing solutions. A lot of people wondering why it's so hard to get ahead today might find this book interesting.

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Squeezed into action

Excellent book. However, the reader ‘s voice did not suit the book’s topic. She sounded happy when talking about hard things. Why didn’t the author read the book? She has a great voice!

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Great content, poor reader

I’m enjoying the thoughts and concepts of this book, and enjoy the author. Unfortunately, the reader sounds like Siri. Her voice inflections and intonations break sentences into fragments, and instead of getting lost in the story, my mind is distracted with the task of figuring out how the fragments fit together. The reader does not seem to understand the rhythm or flow of our language. It’s too bad as the reader’s poor performance will likely make me not listen to this book in entirety.

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