Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 221 pages, $23.00.
Women's work in America can be an ugly
business--hard, repetitive labor,
usually for low wages and male bosses. There is the pink-collar ghetto of retail
and office jobs, and then there is worse: employment in sweatshops and fast-food
restaurants and domestic service. For uneducated women, for women without
choices who are leaving welfare or leaving home, this is often what work entails.