A??BrilliantA??a keen, elegantly written, and scorching account of the American family today. Through vivid stories, sharp analysis and wit, Quart anatomizes the middle classA??s fall while also offering solutions and hope.A? A?? Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
Families today are squeezed on every sideA??from high childcare costs and harsh employment policies to workplaces without paid family leave or even dependable and regular working hours. Many realize that attaining the standard of living their parents managed has become impossible.
Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, examines the lives of many middle-class Americans who can now barely afford to raise children. Through gripping firsthand storytelling, Quart shows how our country has failed its families. Her subjectsA??from professors to lawyers to caregivers to nursesA??have been wrung out by a system that doesnA??t support them, and enriches only a tiny elite.
Interlacing her own experience with close-up reporting on families that are just getting by, Quart reveals parenthood itself to be financially overwhelming, except for the wealthiest. She offers real solutions to these problems, including outlining necessary policy shifts, as well as detailing the DIY tactics some families are already putting into motion, and argues for the cultural reevaluation of parenthood and caregiving.
Written in the spirit of Barbara Ehrenreich and Jennifer Senior, Squeezed is an eye-opening audiobook. Powerfully argued, deeply reported, and ultimately hopeful, it casts a bright, clarifying light on families struggling to thrive in an economy that holds too few options. It will make listeners think differently about their lives and those of their neighbors.
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"Narrator Carly Robins takes her tone for much of this narration from the author's anger at the predicament of "the middle precariat," the struggling (often failing) middle class. These are the families who are trying to hold onto jobs, homes, and status in the face of declining salaries, uncertain work, and rising costs. But Robins's pervasive tone of wry cynicism and arch disapproval toward the status quo soon becomes tiresome. Eventually, however, she varies her tone as the book changes focus. From that point, she is admirably clear, energetic, and adept at conveying the emotions behind the issues. Unfortunately, her pronounced lisp is distracting and has to be gotten used to after every break from listening. Still, her expressiveness and deftness in conveying sense overcome the reading's shortcomings and make for a generally positive experience. W.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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