Julia Klein

Julia M. Klein is a cultural reporter and critic based in Philadelphia. She is writing a book on the postmodern museum.

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Domestic Spy

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 221 pages, $23.00. W omen'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. Recently the "living wage" movement has been addressing the economic issue, pressing successfully for wages of $9 an hour or more in cities such as Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. This surge in concern for the working poor makes Barbara Ehrenreich's latest book, Nickel and Dimed, particularly salient, even if it is sometimes a bit too much about Ehrenreich herself. Nickel and Dimed owes its origins to a lunch with Harper's editor Lewis Lapham. Thinking about the prospect...