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“Nickel and Dimed” Selected for Summer Reading Program at Appalachian

032403nickelanddimed_dl.jpgBOONE–The book “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich has been selected for Appalachian State University’s 2003 summer reading program.

Now in its seventh year, the program introduces incoming freshmen to academic life at Appalachian. Students discuss the book in small group settings facilitated by faculty and staff volunteers.

“Nickel and Dimed,” published in 2001, was inspired in part by the national debate on welfare reform.

Ehrenreich spent one year working at various minimum wage jobs in order to investigate the physical and psychological stresses faced by America’s working poor. The book was selected for its depiction of minimum wage workers, the world they inhabit, and the implications of the working poor for our economy and our culture.

Ehrenreich will be on campus Sept. 4-5. She will speak at convocation, participate in a panel and conduct a reading and book signing.

One of the most recognized and original social commentators, author/journalist Ehrenreich has been a contributing writer for TIME Magazine since 1990. Her articles, reviews, essays, and humor have appeared in a range of national publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s. She has taught at the Graduate School of Journalism at U. C. Berkeley and at Brandeis University.

Each year, a committee comprised of students, faculty and staff review recommended readings prior to choosing a book for the summer reading program. Past selections include “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines and “Night” by Elie Wiesel.