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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Tirado Narrator: Linda Tirado Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780698180130
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From the author of the eye-opening and controversial essay on poverty that was read by millions comes the real-life Nickel and Dimed, as Linda Tirado explains what it’s like to be working poor in America, and why poor people make the decisions they do.

We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado, in her signature brutally honest 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 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.” 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Must-read…powerful.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “[A] whip-smart woman’s firsthand account of what it looks and smells and tastes and feels like to be living in poverty…brilliant and to the point. You won’t soon forget her voice or her message.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Funny, sarcastic, full of expletives, and most of all outrageously honest…Tirado has a way with words that’s somehow both breezy and blunt.”


  • “The woman who accidentally explained poverty to the nation.”

    Huffington Post

  • “In Hand to Mouth, [Tirado] uses her piercing insight, coupled with a confessional but unrepentant voice, to open a nuanced and deeply unsettling window into poverty in the United States.”

    Ms. Magazine

  • “Gripping…Articulate, insightful, and saturated with life experience, Tirado’s story is not unlike millions of others in America, but her strong voice has the opportunity to bring that story to new ears.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Tirado tells it like it is…Enthralling and horrifying, this should be required reading for policymakers.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “As someone who has lived in the trenches of desperation, Tirado explains that being poor is difficult not just in attempting to scrape by but also in processing the cultural perception and resultant condescension and degradation from unsympathetic onlookers…Tirado’s raw reportage offers solidarity for those on the front lines of hardship yet issues a cautionary forewarning to the critical: ‘Poverty is a potential outcome for all of us.’ Outspoken and vindictive, Tirado embodies the cyclical vortex of today’s struggle to survive.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Devastatingly smart and funny, so consistently entertaining and unflinchingly on target…Tirado is the real thing.”

    Barbara Ehrenreich, bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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About the Author

Linda Tirado is a completely average American with two kids. She has worked as a general manager at a Burger King and until just recently worked as a night cook at Ihop and as a voting rights activist for a disability nonprofit. She also writes essays on poverty and class issues. She lives in Enoch, Utah, with her husband and children. Hand to Mouth is her first book.