Comments: Nickels (Dimes in about a week).

Nice deconstruction, Heather. I suspect that book would annoy more than amuse me. (Although I did laugh out loud at her characterization of the Hampton Inn--yikes! what would she have to say about Motel 6?)

Posted by Susie at October 14, 2003 12:57 AM

Susie, she actually stayed at a Motel 6 for about a week. She described the two as the different spectrums of "low-rent" motels - the Hampton being the nicer. The Motel 6 was $59 a night. Yeouch, eh?


Posted by hln at October 14, 2003 06:30 AM

There's no shame in honest work. Learned it from my folks, passed it on to my kids.

Posted by Ted at October 14, 2003 08:03 AM

Bravo. I have to say you've provided a thorough enough deconstruction that I know not to even bother reading this book. Besides, I've earned minimum wage and less, so I don't need to read a book to learn the scandalous truth that there are classes in this country.

I'm interested in the final analysis, though. What is her ultimate point?

Posted by hans at October 14, 2003 09:56 AM

Probably, her ultimate point would be that you can't truly live on a minimum-wage job, and that "something should be done" but I'll bet she doesn't try to define what that "something" should be.

And, I'm betting on at least one inference of "they don't have to be poor. They could choose to be different," or something equally asinine.

I grew up quite comfortably, for a member of the lower working class, but I never, ever, in my 29 years, thought of the Hampton Inn as low class. I know my fiance didn't, either, and he grew up in better circumstances than I.

Posted by Jennifer at October 15, 2003 06:09 AM