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Ms. Ehrenreich discussed her book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, published by Metropolitan Books. The book is about the difficulty of living adequately in America on low wages. In 1998 Ms. Ehrenreich set out to be one of the working poor to see if she could secure adequate housing and food on her wages. She took a number of low-wage jobs, such as sales clerk, waitress, and hotel maid. She talked about some of her year-long experiences, persons she worked with, and hopes for changes in the future. She answered questions submitted by members of the audience.