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Barbara Ehrenreich: For Her Own Good: 150 Years of the Experts’ Advice to Women

This dense, well-argued classic underscores the need to take expert advice with a shaker of salt. Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English ably show that many experts gleefully hammer recalcitrant souls into a shape acceptable to society, rather than encouraging people to find their own way. The book plunges into 150 years of misbegotten advice to Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World

This brilliant new book from the author of Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch explores the tyranny of positive thinking, and offers a history of how it came to be the dominant mode in the USA. Ehrenreich conceived of the book when she became ill with breast cancer, and found herself surrounded by pink Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

The bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to do for America’s ailing middle class what she did for the working poor. Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in Bait and Switch, she enters another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War

In Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the mystery of the human attraction to violence: What draws our species to war and even makes us see it as a kind of sacred undertaking? Blood Rites takes us on an original journey from the elaborate human sacrifices of the ancient world to the carnage and holocaust of Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness (Glass Mountain Pamphlet)

In this follow-up to Witches, Midwives, and Nurses, Barbara Ehrenrich and Deidre English look at the evolution of the medical view of the female sex and how it has been used to reinforce the social view of women. Beginning in the late 19th century, the fact of women’s inferiority was "proven" through medical science. Today, Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy

“Fascinating . . . An admirably lucid, level-headed history of outbreaks of joy from Dionysus to the Grateful Dead.”—Terry Eagleton, The Nation Widely praised as “impressive” (The Washington Post Book World), “ambitious” (The Wall Street Journal), and “alluring” (The Los Angeles Times), Dancing in the Streets explores a human impulse that has been so effectively Read more…

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