There's a story Barbara Ehrenreich likes to tell. She was having lunch—salmon and field greens—with the editor of a major magazine, pitching a story about women and poverty. The editor was bored as hell, and finally—over decaf espressos—he surrendered, exasperated. "Oh, all right, Barbara," he conceded. "Do your poverty thing. Just make it upscale." As an activist scribe, Ehrenreich has spent years writing essays bemoaning the middle class's definition of poverty and its ignorance of low-wage America, perhaps... More >>>