Barbara Ehrenreich is an American journalist, bestselling author and activist, whose books have been frequently recommended on Five Books. In the wonderful bio on her website—where she writes about growing up and how she came to writing—she says, “I have never seen a conflict between journalism and activism: As a journalist, I search for the truth. But as a moral person, I am also obliged to do something about it.”
Books by Barbara Ehrenreich
Interviews where books by Barbara Ehrenreich were recommended
Most of us want to be happy, and yet it’s hard to achieve. Jonathan Haidt, psychologist and author of the classic The Happiness Hypothesis, talks us through five books, old and new, to better understand happiness.
You won’t become happy by trying to achieve happiness so why not embrace the full repertoire of human emotions? Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman recommends the best books on negative thinking.
The psychologist and professor of cognitive neuroscience, Elaine Fox, reveals the benefits of positive thinking—if grounded in realism. Some of us may be genetically predisposed towards pessimism, but can overcome it.
The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It
by David Weil
Why Wages Don't Fall During a Recession
by Truman F. Bewley
Nickel and Dimed
by Barbara Ehrenreich
The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America
by Rick Wartzman
Relational Inequalities: An Organizational Approach
by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey & Dustin Avent-Holt
Economists have tended to assume that the value of our personal contribution—our marginal product—largely determines what we get paid. In reality, there are many other factors involved that have nothing to do with our qualifications or personal performance. Here Jake Rosenfeld, Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St Louis, explains why it is that senior executive pay growth has shot up in recent decades and why, for workers at the bottom, it has flatlined.
Every year, the judges of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay search out the best book of essays written in the past year and draw attention to the author’s entire body of work. Here, Adam Gopnik, writer, journalist and PEN essay prize judge, emphasizes the role of the essay in bearing witness and explains why the five collections that reached the 2021 shortlist are, in their different ways, so important.