Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich
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Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of sixteen previous books, including Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing In The Streets and Blood Rites. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine.


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Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Barbara Ehrenreich's book Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream. The bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to do for America's ailing middle class what she did for the working poor, and enters the world of the white-collar unemployed.

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Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt and hear the introduction from Barbara Ehrenreich's Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America, a sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism.

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Author Barbara Ehrenreich Discusses Her Book Bright-sided

Listen to bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich talk about her book Bright-sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America. Ehrenreich discusses the personal experience that led her to write the book, and why rampant positive thinking is actually a negative, and even led to the 2008 financial crisis.

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Where are you from?
Butte, Montana

Who are your favorite periodicals?
I read the New York Times and the Washington Post every day, and subscribe to Harper's, the New Yorker, The Nation, The Progressive, Scientific American and Discover. The last two are the ones I usually read first.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Ah, so many of them! As a child, I read all the classics - Sir Walter Scott, Poe, Bullfinchvëcompulsively, then in my teens moved on to Dostoyevsky, Conrad, Kafka, as well as tons of sci fi. All these gave me an ear for the language and a sense of all the doors that can be opened with it.

Which teacher had the biggest impact on your life?  
Maybe Mr. Conway in 10th grade Chemistry (Lowell High School, Massachusetts), for insisting that if we live in this world, we should know it works. Or maybe Mr. Trett in high school English (University High School, Los Angeles), for teaching me how to write an essay.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
I love kayaking when I can get down to the Florida Keys. I know where to find sharks and I just sit there perfectly still till I see that dorsal fin cutting through the water, then I pursue it. Best of all is coming across a dolphin or pod of them. They toy with you - jumping up on one side of the kayak, then popping under you to come up on the other side.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
My dad said, "Always ask why."

What is something most people don't know about you?
I'm very strong, especially quads, calves, lats and triceps.

What are your secret indulgences?
Dogfish Head 90-minute infused India Pale Ale and historical series on TV - especially "Rome."

Where do you write?
At home, where I can wear sweatpants all day and take housecleaning breaks.

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Nickel and Dimed

Barbara Ehrenreich
Picador

Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans...


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Bright-Sided

Barbara Ehrenreich
Picador

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Americans are a "positive" people -- cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: This is our reputation as well as our self-image. But...


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This Land Is Their Land

Barbara Ehrenreich
A Metropolitan/Holt Paperbacks Book

America in the ’aughts—hilariously skewered, brilliantly dissected, and darkly diagnosed by one of the country’s most prominent social critics Now in...


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Dancing in the Streets

Barbara Ehrenreich
A Metropolitan/Holt Paperbacks Book

“Fascinating . . . An admirably lucid, level-headed history of outbreaks of joy from Dionysus to the Grateful Dead.”—Terry Eagleton, The Nation Widely...


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Bait and Switch

Barbara Ehrenreich
A Metropolitan/Holt Paperbacks Book

The New York Times bestselling investigation into white-collar unemployment from “our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism”—The New York Times Book...


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Global Woman

Edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild
A Metropolitan/Holt Paperbacks Book

“Important and provocative . . . There are many tempting reasons to pick up Global Woman.” —The New York Times Women are moving around...


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The Snarling Citizen

Barbara Ehrenreich
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

There are no pieties, liberal or conservative, in Ehrenreich's world. Fiercely funny and militantly uncompromising, The Snarling Citizen contains something to...


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Blood Rites

Barbara Ehrenreich
A Metropolitan/Holt Paperbacks Book

In Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the mystery of the human attraction to violence: What draws our species to war and even makes us see it as a kind...


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