[Download] Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America By Linda Tirado

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

By: Linda Tirado
Narrated by: Linda Tirado
Length: 4 hours
Release date: Oct 2, 2014
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (78 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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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, and 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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14 Responses to “[Download] Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America By Linda Tirado”

  1. Mckinley Hyland

    A great point of view on poverty in America
    A friend recommended this book and I’m glad she did. Read it and find out for yourself.

  2. Moses Moncion

    improved my empathy
    time very well spent, quick read and entertaining. I learned a lot, and became very grateful for what I do have.

  3. Leopoldo Ritchhart

    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

  4. Mom of 3 under 3!!

    Great read/listen
    I really enjoyed listening and hearing the author’s perspective. While I knew much of this, there were many little things that individuals in poverty have to deal with that I hadn’t considered. Was great to broaden my perspective and helps to make me more effective in my work. Highly recommend this read.

  5. Herschel Respess

    Straight Talker
    Tirado has lived through some rough times and artfully shares them with color and enthusiasm. It’s great to have the author read for that reason. She really “gets” it and has the literary chops to convey her story clearly. Well done!

  6. Ike Gridley

    Genuine story
    read by author, love it, worth it, the story speak for millions of people …

  7. Jill B.

    Change the names and this could be parts o my life
    Linda does an excellent job at explainingthe how’s and whys of things that can and do happen to the working poor. There were a lot of parallels to my own experiences in my twenties and thirties. So many times I remember thinking many of the things she brings out. kudos .. an added benefit after listening to Linda when I read her tweets on Twitter I hear her voice now

  8. Glady Schleisman

    Great content but so condescending
    I’m glad a book that tells this perspective has been written. I could relate to many things in this book and learned some new things too. That said, I do not recommend the audio version. The tone is so condescending and at times downright rude. It’s hard to listen to someone who wants you to understand their perspective when their understanding of the perspective of others is so limited. Perhaps try the hard copy instead of the audio book; it might read differently.

  9. Jim M.

    One of the best and most important books
    One of the best and most important books on the subject of poverty written by someone who knows. It is unapologetic, purely empirical, and a must read. So many so many people need to hear this and take it in. A very important voice I hope that she decides to continue writing on the subject. She is ruthlessly honest and very well spoken.

  10. M.M.

    I Study Poverty
    Wonderful story telling and although she is from different states, her story reflects the stories of the incredible people I work with. I would count this as a should read and a great way to challenge political rhetoric around poverty.

  11. Shelby Seidlitz

    Not all rich people are assholes either
    I found this book interesting to listen too but found the author to be very judgmental to anybody she deems rich ie…. those making over $200,000 in income. Just like she does not like to be put in the same box, wealthy people don’t either. I know quite a few wealthy people who share their riches and care about the poor. Her views seem to be very jaded kind of sad to me but understandable to.

  12. Napoleon Wuerth

    A must read
    Watch out for the language. A lot of swearing but the story explains its use

  13. Phebe Coffell

    Thank You
    I’m thankful that you finally said it. I hope we and the truth are heard.

  14. Leslie I.

    Important, entertaining, and thought provoking
    An authentic voice from a part of our community that often doesn’t get an audience. It was moving, distressing, and hopeful. One of the more important books that I have listened to recently.

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