I consider this book a "must read" for everyone. Not because it is a literary masterpiece but because of its subject matter.
NICKEL and DIMED or (not) getting along in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich .
Barbara takes several entry level jobs in different cities to see if she could get by on the wages that a lot of Americans make. From being a MERRY MAID, a waitress , and a Wal-Mart employee, she struggles with the very basics. Putting a roof over her head and having enough to eat consumes more than she is earning.
The "working poor" in America have their backs against the wall every day. One paycheck (or outside help) from being homeless. I think everyone knows someone that just struggles and just can't seem to "catch up" much less get ahead in life.
PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!