Sunday, September 18, 2011

This Land Is Their Land

This Land Is Their Land, Reports from a Divided Nation, by Barbara Ehrenreich is a 2008 publication I think of as a companion piece to her earlier Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. I liked Nickel and Dimed, which I read as part of a church reading program, and found this book complementary.

The New York Times review has a point when it says that "the first thing you notice about Ehrenreich’s book is that the villains who did the snatching are only vaguely present." The essays making up this collection are quite short, so i didn't expect much depth, but she doesn't so much point a finger as wave generally in that direction.

The Mother Jones review calls Ehrenreich "a full-fledged member of the glass-has-only-one-drop-left cohort." The Daily Kos reviewer liked it, which I expected, and closes her review by saying,
Her willingness to think out loud, to explore, to continue to push to find new implications in current events has never been displayed to better advantage than it is in This Land Is Their Land

Short excerpts can be read here and here.

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