Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Barbara Ehrenreich started this project to try to survive on minimum wage 16 years ago, but not much has changed since. Minimum wage has barely budged in most states, and just last year Walmart (one of Ehrenreich’s employers in the book) was criticized for putting out a donation box for their own employees rather than paying them a living wage. This is a very important, and disheartening, book.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (from the uncorrected advance reading copy)
This book blew me away. So beautiful, so gripping. I keep trying to describe it to people and utterly failing at doing it justice.
Read this book.