Hand to Mouth

Hand to Mouth

Living in Bootstrap America

Read by: Linda Tirado

CD – Unabridged
  • CD – Unabridged
  • ISBN 9781611763300
  • 4:30:00 Duration
  • Penguin Audio
  • Adult


From the author of the eye-opening and controversial essay on poverty that was read by millions comes the real-life Nickel and Dimed, as 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.” 
Hand to Mouth

Hand to Mouth

Linda Tirado, Read by: Linda Tirado


“She is refreshingly infuriated. She acknowledges her faults, but she hones a constructive resentment to cut through her chronic depression, sharpen her wit and tune her X-ray vision into the disparities of power and money. She maps the chain reactions that lead families from one setback to another.”–The New York Times

“A terrific writer…A most honest book. Everyone who thinks things are just fine in this country should read it.”—Matt Taibbi, New York Times bestselling author of The Divide

“You won’t soon forget her voice or her message.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Enthralling and horrifying, this should be required reading for policymakers.”—Booklist (starred review)

“[An] unapologetic explanation for why she and other poor people do what they do. It’s funny, sarcastic…and most of all outrageously honest.”—Bloomberg Businessweek


SHOP new year