CLBR #327: Alissa Quart, Author of Squeezed – Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

Alissa Quart, Author of

Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America


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We are belatedly posting the final segment from our Miami Book Fair author’s series with my discussion taped this fall with Alissa Quart, author of Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

Nearly a generation ago, Barbara Ehrenreich opened our eyes with her 2001 book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, a memoir of her three-month experiment surviving on minimum wage as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart clerk.  Quart, who works with Ehrenreich at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, offers her own book which National Book Review calls “[a] devastating report on middle-class American families struggling to stay afloat .”

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Alissa Quart is the author of four non-fiction books. She also writes the Outclassed column for The Guardian. Alissa’s latest non-fiction book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in June of 2018. The book has appeared on the top ten and best forthcoming books lists’ of Publishers Weekly, The Week, Library Journal and Nylon. Alissa is the Executive Editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a non-profit devoted to commissioning, editing and placing reportage about inequality. She co-founded its current incarnation with Barbara Ehrenreich. You can hear Alissa talking about her work and her ideas here and here. She is a 2018 Columbia Journalism School Alumna of the year. She has also been a Nieman fellow, an Emmy-nominated video writer and producer,  and a professor. She lives with her husband, her young daughter, and their hamster.

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