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Nickel and Dimed



Awards: ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults); YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners; L.A. Times Book Prize - Winner, Current Interest; Christopher Awards - Nominee, Winner; Christopher Awards - Winner, Books For Adults; Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Nominee, Adult Nonfiction

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Barbara EhrenreichBarbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of Nickel and Dimed, Blood Rites, The Worst Years of Our Lives (a New York Times bestseller), Fear of Falling, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and eight other books. A frequent contributor to Time, Harper's,... More

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Awards

ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults)
YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners
L.A. Times Book Prize - Winner, Current Interest
Christopher Awards - Nominee, Winner
Christopher Awards - Winner, Books For Adults
Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Nominee, Adult Nonfiction

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