Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America tries valiantly to place both hyper-educated but underpaid workers and workers at the bottom of the service economy in the same, squeezed basket, and does not always succeed since a struggling adjunct professor has vastly different problems, and possibilities, than an undocumented nanny. It also, more than once, affixes blame sloppily. While the author asserts that Uber exploits teachers by recruiting them as drivers, perhaps the real issue is that teachers are not paid well enough?
The slapped-together structure of the book and its strident tone are too bad, because it does highlight real problems and real solutions. Why don’t we have affordable daycare solutions? Why are schools so dismal in low-income neighborhood–and choice so hard to navigate for the parents? Why can’t we have a more generous child allowance? (The author is also a fan of a universal basic income, which I think is a fantasy, but the other ideas are completely reasonable.)