Ho, ho ho! In honor of the holidays, this month's theme will be consumerism and one of its effects, a disproportionately low-wage society. The meeting will be to discuss the following two books (you DON'T have to read them both!):
1. Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, by Ellen Ruppel Shell. The cost low-price, low-quality imposes on wages, the environment, goods durability/quality, etc. 2010, 300p. Paperback. 15+ copies at SD libraries branches. http://www.amazon.com/Cheap-High-Cost-Discount-Culture/dp/0143117637/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1354687186&sr=8-4&keywords=cheap%3A+the+high+cost
2. Nickeled and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich. An instant classic when released in the mid-2000s. 250pp. Paperback. A personal story of what it is like to have to live on very low wages. Oddly, no copies listed at library, but the book is available for cheap (hmmm...) almost everywhere. http://www.amazon.com/Nickel-Dimed-Not-Getting-America/dp/0312626681/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354687635&sr=1-1&keywords=nickeled+and+dimed #_
We've usually met on the 3rd Saturday, but since we met on Dec. 1, I thought waiting six weeks and doing Jan. 12 will let us get back to pattern and do the 3rd Saturday again in February.
See you all there. And, as always, tell a friend!