Linda Tirado on the realities of living in bootstrap America: daily annoyances for most people are catastrophic for poor people.

Posted: 2014/12/29 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

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  1. sharon says:

    I bought the book believing her tale. When I found out a lot of it was embellished, I returned the book. “Tirado has acknowledged that her initial essay gave the wrong impression that she was still extremely poor. Her defenders assert that she took the initiative in setting the record straight. But while Tirado’s subsequent post telling her life story came two weeks before the “debunking” began, she was already under pressure from Internet commenters who felt things didn’t quite add up. And even the autobiographical note is not entirely candid about Tirado’s present non-poverty: thus, she mentions that her grandparents “helped us find a house to live in”—but not that the house is her mortgage-free property. (In a discussion of her college plans on Jezebel’s GroupThink forum last August, she says that she’d “hate to mortgage the house.”)”

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    Nicke and Dimed was actually a more honest book, even though the writer was a professional…

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    • dearbalak says:

      I think Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich should be required reading for everybody and have not read Tirado. However the article seems to capture a very true situation.


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