Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America

Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America Review

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“Brilliant—a keen, elegantly written, and scorching account of the American family today. Through vivid stories, sharp analysis and wit, Quart anatomizes the middle class’s fall while also offering solutions and hope.” 
   — Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

Families today are squeezed on every side—from high childcare costs and harsh employment policies to workplaces without paid family leave or even dependable and regular working hours. Many realize that attaining the standard of living their parents managed has become impossible.

Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, examines the lives of many middle-class Americans who can now barely afford to raise children. Through gripping firsthand storytelling, Quart shows how our country has failed its families. Her subjects—from professors to lawyers to caregivers to nurses—have been wrung out by a system that doesn’t support them, and enriches only a tiny elite.

Interlacing her own experience with close-up reporting on families that are just getting by, Quart reveals parenthood itself to be financially overwhelming, except for the wealthiest. She offers real solutions to these problems, including outlining necessary policy shifts, as well as detailing the DIY tactics some families are already putting into motion, and argues for the cultural reevaluation of parenthood and caregiving.

Written in the spirit of Barbara Ehrenreich and Jennifer Senior, Squeezed is an eye-opening page-turner. Powerfully argued, deeply reported, and ultimately hopeful, it casts a bright, clarifying light on families struggling to thrive in an economy that holds too few options. It will make readers think differently about their lives and those of their neighbors.

Title:Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America

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  • Betty

    Rating: 3.5 starsI’ve read several books that focus on the struggles faced by people living in poverty (such as Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City). I had not, howe...

  • Sarah Canfield

    3 stars for the educational value, 2 for the conclusions. The author is a journalist and knows how to tell a story. All of the real life people she interviews demonstrate clearly the challenge of livi...

  • Caren

    A primary focus of this book seemed to me to be how very difficult and expensive it has become to have and raise kids in the USA today. She did talk about people who have lost jobs in midlife and thei...

  • Kelly

    A really thoughtful look at why it is the middle class is so frequently squeezed -- why we can't afford houses or luxuries that were once available to our parents and why it is we'll never be as well ...

  • Rachel Len

    There have been a few books out (Evicted, Nickel and Dimed, etc.) that look at poverty, but this book looks at the financial issues of the middle class. Quart examines problems of educated people who ...

  • BDT

    The difficulty in assessing this subject material is that it is clearly a pressing and urgent issue in today's society and family economics. I've asked the question hundreds of times, "how can the ave...

  • Claudia

    This was kind of a scary and sad read.Scary because it’s horrible that so many people are unemployed/underemployed at a time in life when they should be closer to retirement age. Sad because, accord...

  • Renee

    Basically, no matter what you do (get an education, work hard, yada yada) the deck is stacked against the 99% and there ain't NOTHING anyone can do about it!! ...

  • Marya

    Only a few chapters in, it was explained to me that these individuals deserve my sympathy not because they are on food stamps, nor because they are highly educated. They deserve my sympathy because th...

  • Christine C

    I had high hopes for this book having good content but instead it turned out to be more whining than I had hoped. I completely disagree with everytime the author mentioned that people shouldn't blame ...