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Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America (English Edition) Kindle电子书
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One of TIME’s Best New Books to Read This Summer
“Brilliant—a keen, elegantly written, and scorching account of the American family today. Through vivid stories, sharp analysis and wit, Quart anatomizes the middle class’s fall while also offering solutions and hope.”
— Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
Families today are squeezed on every side—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 subjects—from professors to lawyers to caregivers to nurses—have been wrung out by a system that doesn’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.
Writtenin the spirit of Barbara Ehrenreich and Jennifer Senior, Squeezed is an eye-opening page-turner. 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 readers think differently about their lives and those of their neighbors.
“Quart is a sympathetic listener, getting people to reveal not just the tenuousness of their economic situations but also the turbulence of their emotional lives... We could all use her expert guidance through the maze.” (New York Times)
“An eye-opening look at the forces that make it harder than ever for the middle class to survive.” (People)
“Squeezed captures well the toxic combination of American individualism and the disrupted evolution of particular professions that has left millions of millennials in a more fragile financial condition than they expected would be their lot in life.” (The Washington Post)
“It’s not often that you can call a densely reported work of literary non-fiction about economic inequality a riveting page-turner, but Squeezed is just that.” (The Guardian)
“In a nation beset by income inequality and riven by conflict, the conception of the quiet contentment of middle-class American life appears to be on the wane. . . . Alissa Quart . . . lucidly demonstrates that for many, the dream of such satisfaction is increasingly out of reach.” (Boston Globe)
“The stories of a falling down middle class reflect a felt experience of anxiety that is often lost in data-driven tales of recession and recovery.” (Financial Times)
“On the day that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accomplished her remarkable victory in the Democratic primary . . . a new book arrived, as if by cosmic fiat, to help explain the emerging realignments of the political order: Squeezed.” (Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times)
“Squeezed captures the dazed uncertainty of a post-recession generation of would-be parents for whom stagnant wages and ever-rising housing costs make them can’t-be ones...Quart [has] a knack for immersive, in-depth reporting, as well as an often-bruised sense of unlikely optimism.” (Bitch Magazine)
“Think of Alissa Quart’s new book . . . as “What to Expect When You’re Expecting Under Late Capitalism.” Of the more than 50,000 books listed on Amazon under ‘Parenting,’ few engage as deeply with the economic pressures today’s parents must navigate.” (In These Times) --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
Alissa Quart is the executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a journalism nonprofit with Barbara Ehrenreich. Quart is also the author of four acclaimed books, Branded, Republic of Outsiders, Hothouse Kids, and Monetized, a volume of poetry. She writes a bimonthly column for the Guardian and her work appears frequently in many other publications, among them the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Nation, Marie Claire, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She received the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's 2018 Alumni Award and a 2017 Los Angeles Press Club Award for her commentary. She was a 2010 Nieman fellow at Harvard University and has been nominated for both an Emmy and a National Magazine Award.--此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
- ASIN : B072F14KX8
- 出版社 : Ecco; 第 Reprint 版 (2018年6月26日)
- 出版日期 : 2018年6月26日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 1021 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 318页
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I identified with this book and the people spotlighted because I feel a camaraderie with them. I, too, came from an upper middle class household, where I was blessed with having a family wealthy enough to send me to private university. I am a Millennial, and I was raised to believe I could do anything and be anyone, and that's not a bad thing. I earned a master's degree in the sciences and took out a modest student loan not to cover tuition, but to help with living expenses in the city where I attended school. I have been fortunate enough to be well employed in my field for the past decade. I own a home, I send my children to a good daycare, I drive a new car, and have excellent credit. I am, by any measure, successful.
But I am struggling. I'm struggling to pay my mortgage, my car payments, my student loan payments each month. I have nearly nothing in my bank account after my bills are paid. I freelance my skills on the side to earn extra pennies simply to stay afloat, and count down the months until my eldest will enter kindergarten and the financial burden of daycare will ease.
Yes, there are people much worse off than me and I sympathize with them. Yes, there are those who went into Tech or Finance and are doing astronomically better than me. But that's the whole point: the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. All the folks in the middle are becoming invisible. To be middle class in the US is becoming a complicated, increasingly difficult feat to accomplish. And I feel like Ms. Quart's book is primarily about people like me: the ones with all the ammunition in their pocket to "make it" in the middle class. But we are struggling in a way that our parent's generation never did. We are, for better or for worse, breaking new ground.
In the middle of the last century, jobs were secure, wages were increasing...pensions were real! People weren't paying hundreds of dollars each month to student loans, thousands of dollars each year to daycare, and their employers weren't paying hand over foot for health insurance. All of these things that we consider so necessary in the middle class- insurance, loans, childcare, mortgages- these are all run by profit-earning companies. Our capitalist economy has gotten away from us.
I get so angry when I see economic growth measured simply by the number of jobs. What about people who are underemployed? What about people who are working in their field and haven't seen a salary increase in years? What about the people who are responsible for paying for their own health insurance, their own retirement? They are employed and contributing to our economy, but are they comfortable? Can they pay their bills? Likely not. Our nation does not take care of its workers like it used to. It is a systemic, complex problem that will likely take another generation to fix. I don't know what the future looks like. But for now, it's my generation that is hurting and it is comforting to read a book like this simply to know that we are not alone in this struggle. It gives me hope. Thank you, Ms. Quart, for writing such an important book, for telling these people's stories, and for doing it in such an eloquent way.
There are enough facts around inequality and income disparity as well as the rising cost of living to make this a compelling read without resorting to stories that call into question the decision making of those involved. In the end it does a disservice to the problem.