by Linda Tirado - £14.99 Little, Brown Book Group (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780349005485 | ISBN 10: 0349005486
An urgent, uncompromising and heartfelt insider's account of what it is to be poor and working-class in the modern West.
Linda Tirado knows from experience what it is to be poor, to struggle to make ends meet. She has worked all hours as a food service worker in a chain restaurant to support her young family. She knows what it's like to have problems you wish you could fix, but no money, energy or resources to fix them, and no hope of getting any.
In 2013, an essay on the everyday realities of poverty that Tirado wrote and posted online was read and shared around the world. In Hand to Mouth, she gives a searing, witty and clear-eyed insider account of being poor in the world's richest nation. She looks at how ordinary people fall or are born into the poverty trap, explains why the poor don't always behave in the way the middle classes think they should, and makes an urgent call for us all to understand and meet the challenges they face.
(Price & availability last checked: September 2014)