"An examination of what it means to be poor in America today"-- Provided by publisher. "I've been waiting for this book for a long time. Well, not this book, because I never imagined that the book I was waiting for would be so devastatingly smart and funny, so consistently entertaining and unflinchingly on target. In fact, I would like to have written it myself--if, that is, I had lived Linda Tirado's life and extracted all the hard lessons she has learned. I am the author of Nickel and Dimed, which tells the story of my own brief attempt, as a semi-undercover journalist, to survive on low-wage retail and service jobs. Tirado is the real thing."--The foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed. We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado, in her signature frank yet personable voice, takes all of these preconceived notions and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a cell phone and a job, even two), but what poverty is truly like--on all levels. In her thought-provoking voice, Tirado discusses how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor, and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why "poor people don't always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should."-- Provided by publisher.