A little over a year ago, Linda Tirado wrote a post on a message board in response to a question: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? She responded from firsthand experience: she’d held down multiple low-wage jobs, perpetually one car breakdown away from losing her job and her apartment. Long-term planning? Managing your finances? Those are luxuries those in poverty can’t afford. Her response went viral, and she found herself the accidental ambassador for the poor in a new book.


  • Linda Tirado Author, "Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America"
  • Diana Elliott Research manager, Economic Mobility Project, Pew Center on the States

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Excerpted with permission from Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America (Putnam Adult) by Linda Tirado.

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