The author delivers a touching argument and makes his audience think about less popular perspectives and look from unpopular points of view.
After spending the entire book developing his argument on misconceptions of the working poor, David Shipler ends it on a satisfying note by going back and looking over the current lives of those he interviewed. As the book says, "some... have taken happier directions, others have seen hopeful projects dissipate, and many remain mired in stagnation". Not the happiest ending, but it does show how when you're poor in America, anything could happen to you.
I haven't completely finished the book yet, but I'll admit that I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. The introduction and first chapter were so informational and confusing that I was not looking forward to reading any further. But then Shipler started sharing all these incredible, first hand stories that made me want to keep reading. The stories were so personal and sometimes emotional and I genuinely loved reading about these people. I learned more about the working poor of America by reading their stories than by reading the facts Shipler provided, and I think that was his intention. Overall, great book.
I found the book very interesting once I got past the economic vocabulary used in the beginning. I realized that it became interesting and very easy to understand. I feel like I have learned a lot about the book overall and things that are truly 'hidden' within our country. At time when reading, the anecdotes got a bit redundant and annoying. The same structure was used over and over again and I lost interest as i got further into the book. Although each anecdote was about a different person with different stories they shared the same 'theme'. Overall, I think this book was good to read for the fact that I have never read a book of this subject matter before. I think it is always good for one to be educated about what is often not discussed about within our country.
I think the book does a good job in allowing the reader to see the lives of only some of the forgotten people of America. It also gives the reader a better concept that even though they are forgotten they make up a good percentage of America's workforce to help in our economics. David does a really good idea of appealing to ethos as well as a little pathos with the real life stories of these people and gives them a voice of the book, as well as a good job appealing to the logos with all the statistics that he had put. Although it wad a bit hard getting past the economic vocabulary with no motivation for me to move on, as soon as I had gotten passed it, for the most part, it was easier for me to read and gave me more motivation to read the stories of these forgotten people. As I kept reading I did end up slowing down my reading since the pattern of the chapters stayed the same and I knew what was going to happen after reading the first paragraph of chapters. I really liked how Shipler put the current lives of these people to keep the appeal of pathos. That also showed me that some people do change and some people do not do anything to change.
I loved this book. Each chapter got gradually more interesting, especially the Sins of the Father chapter and the chapter about the immigrants in Los Angeles. The author uses many anecdotes for each chapter and I LOVE IT!!! It really keeps me interested in the book and the authors use of intertwining facts with descriptions is very enticing.
I will admit that at first I did not like the book but the further I got, and the more I understood his economic vocabulary, I thoroughly enjoyed the nonfiction. Particularly because it began to intertwine with things i had learned in other classes or have seen with my own eyes. For example such as when he described the different ethnic groups working in LA which I personally have experienced and noted.
Similar to what my classmates above have already stated, I did not forsee myself enjoying the book and learning anything new from it originally- the chapter concerning many economic phrases and situations scared me a bit. However, his reliance on more understandable anecdotes made Shipler's work a memorable one. I also found myself appreciating the ending of the book; I agree with Ashu in that he effectively communicated one of the reoccurring themes in the book through the wording of the ending- stagnation. So many people are simply stuck in poverty, whether it be by personal fault or by ones environment or by circumstance. However, I did like that he mentioned that some people I had read about throughout the book had made it out of poverty, or even just got back on their feet a little bit more. After such a predominantly heavy subject, I
think Shipler understood that the reader might want to hear something less morose.
I'll have to admit, I had low expectations for this book from the start. It was very difficult to understand and follow, but as I got further along, it started getting easier. I learned a lot from reading this book, as it opened my eyes to things I wasn't previously aware of. I enjoyed the way Shipler wrote the book, with the pattern of facts and stories. The stories made the book interesting because they provided real world examples so I could really see how these people live.
The author did a good job in conveying an argument that isn’t really heard of in American society, but that affects lots of people in the country. The book also opens up a new perspective for readers and makes them think about the working poor that they encounter every day and hopefully now they’ll understand what it’s really like to be a working poor and hopefully they get to be appreciated more and be more valuable to this society.
I really thought the book was a great read. Know don`t get me wrong I found it sad as the author described people`s terrible living situations but that ,in my opinion, is what made the book so good. He was not afraid to show the brutality of of real life and how these people are able to survive.
The book relayed a good eye opening view of what the working poor have to go through to be able to barely make ends meet. Providing facts and varying view points the author draws you into the life of these people.
Shipler delivers a very touching and informational view point on this topic, uncovering how truly unequal America’s economy is and how many of the working class people often go under the radar and are quite literally “invisible” in today’s society.
This book opened my eyes. I only had a hint of what Shipler goes in depth about. The workers getting scammed, the below minimum wage pay, and how it's like working everyday and coming home only as a place to sleep. I admit, I was very confused with all the statistics and percentages involved as I am not very good with numbers nor economics, but when Shipler talks of the people's lives, that's where I was most intrigued.
The Working Poor truly showed all of the struggles that people in poverty go through daily. By reading this book I now have a deeper knowledge of what problems many people face and what they must endure to just live with some of the things that we take for granted.
When beginning this book, I did not foresee myself enjoying it and or taking away new and useful information from it. I believed that it was another book that discussed the struggles of poverty and the basic causes and effects of it. Although, as I read the book, it became clear to me that Shipler was delivering a very inspirational message behind the many different personal stories. The Working Poor expressed a message that needed to be heard by many Americans about the utter struggle that many low-class Americans experience on a daily basis. This book further informed me of the things that many of us take for granted each day. Overall, The Working Poor was a very well put together novel that did a good job developing the main claim of the inability to escape poverty inside America, and showed this through the many touching stories of various people.
This book was a little disappointing, but i still liked it, I was honestly expecting it to talk more in depth about some of the 9/11 things and what not. The author did a great job keeping my attention and I loved his intelligent diction that had me looking up definitions constantly.
Mrs. Theaker's students will be conducting discussions about The Working Poor by David K. Shipler here.