The Question and Answer section for Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
What are the significance of nutrition and health, a recurrent theme in Ehrenreich’s narrative? Who would benefit if the workers were healthier? What incentive do workers have to go to the doctor if they are ill? What happens when people who are ill
This is only a short answer space. You have a lot of questions here. Please submit one at a time.
She would not accept the cheapest housing that would be unsafe.
She would try to keep her job at all costs. (she does break this rule when she protects a co-worker).
I think the author has a more liberal view of society and politics. Her ordeal on minimum wage is largely a plea for a more equal socio-economic structure in the United States.