Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Linda Tirado

Narrated By: Linda Tirado

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: October 2014

Duration: 4 hours 24 minutes


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.”


  • Claire C.

    This audiobook was great. It was captivating, personal, sharp, and thought-provoking. And I found her voice easy to listen to. Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in examining class in America.

  • Diane McNaughton

    This book is an eye-opener! The author describes the everyday hassles of trying to make ends meet when having one or more low wage jobs. I highly recommend this book for those who have never been poor or have never struggled to feed a family. Learn about how 30% or more Americans live. The author/narrator is engaging and upbeat.

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

by Linda Tirado

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