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Carrying only a sleeping bag, $25, and the clothes on his back, and restricted from using his contacts or his education, Adam Shepard sets out for a randomly selected city with one goal on his mind: work his way out of the realities of homelessness and into a life that will offer him the opportunity for success. Scratch Beginnings is Shepard's response to the now-famous books Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch, where Barbara Ehrenreich has written on the hopeless pursuit of the American Dream. This book offers his observation of what it is like for so many people on the lower end of the spectrum, the blunt end of the stick. In this poignant account, Shepard goes on a search for the vitality of the American Dream, and, in turn, discovers so much more. Scratch Beginnings is unquestionably one of the most engaging works of the social science genre. No matter your reading interest, Shepard's facile writing style is sure to keep you turning the pages.

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almitalia, February 16, 2008 (view all comments by almitalia)
Interesting comparison with Barbara Ehrenreich "experiment", however I wonder how much gender and age played into Mr. Shepard's success. He was able to do jobs that Ms. Ehrenreich would not have accessed (working for a moving company, for example). His hopeful story also discounts the culture of poverty and the patterns that engulf the people trapped in that cycle. He cannot deny that his education and upbringing played an important role in his success, and the fact that he knew he would eventually leave the life of minimum wage.
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ISBN:
9780979692604
Subtitle:
Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream
Author:
Shepard, Adam
Publisher:
Scratch Beginnings PR
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
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Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
236
Dimensions:
9.10x7.32x.52 in. .64 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Carrying only a sleeping bag, $25, and the clothes on his back, and restricted from using his contacts or his education, Adam Shepard sets out for a randomly selected city with one goal on his mind: work his way out of the realities of homelessness and into a life that will offer him the opportunity for success. Scratch Beginnings is Shepard's response to the now-famous books Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch, where Barbara Ehrenreich has written on the hopeless pursuit of the American Dream. This book offers his observation of what it is like for so many people on the lower end of the spectrum, the blunt end of the stick. In this poignant account, Shepard goes on a search for the vitality of the American Dream, and, in turn, discovers so much more. Scratch Beginnings is unquestionably one of the most engaging works of the social science genre. No matter your reading interest, Shepard's facile writing style is sure to keep you turning the pages.
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