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(Not) Keeping Up with Our Parents

The Decline of the Professional Middle Class

Author: Nan Mooney

How stagnant wages, debt, and escalating costs for tuition, health care, and home ownership are jeopardizing today’s educated middle class

Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with people all across America, (Not) Keeping Up with Our Parents explores how stagnant wages, debt, and escalating costs for tuition, health care, and home ownership are jeopardizing the finances and futures of today’s educated middle class. Despite this sobering reality, Nan Mooney offers concrete ideas on how we can arrest this downward spiral.
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“Think it can’t happen to you? Read Mooney’s book . . . . then think again . . . An alarming and important book, which should bring readers out of ignorance, embarrassment or bewilderment and into harsh enlightenment.”-
—Barbara Lloyd McMichael, Seattle Times

“An excellent analysis of the problems facing the large and important professional middle class.” —Booklist

“With great empathy and infectious alarm, Nan Mooney charts the travails of America’s middle class in this important book.” —Anya Kamenetz, author of Generation Debt

“If you’re wondering why, in our age of plenty, the financial treadmill keeps moving faster and faster for America’s increasingly educated-and increasingly insecure-middle class, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It’s all here: the big trends, the compelling portraits, the ideas for personal and political change, and the call to arms we so desperately need.” —Jacob S. Hacker, author of The Great Risk Shift

“We hear a lot about the runaway wealth of American professionals. In this important book, Nan Mooney reminds us that most have no such luck. Working in jobs they love provides a sense of moral worth but doesn’t cover the bills for teachers, legal aid lawyers, practicing artists, and others. Something has gone wrong in America, and this book gives us a grip on the crisis.” —Katherine Newman, coauthor of The Missing Class and the Forbes Class of 1941 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton

  • A new interview with Nan Mooney in June 25th's U.S. News and World Report and about the response to the article

  • Listen to Nan Mooney on WBUR's On Point

  • Read about Nan Mooney and the middle class in an interview with

  • Read an article in Newsweek which mentions Nan Mooney and (Not) Keeping Up with Our Parents

  • Read the Seattle Post-Intellingencer's parenting column that quotes Nan Mooney

  • Read that quotes Nan Mooney

  • Broadsheet, a blog, features Nan Mooney's writing on

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(Not) Keeping Up with Our Parents

ISBN: 978-080701139-3
Publication Date: 5/1/2009
Pages: 264
Size:6 x 9 Inches (US)
Price:  $16.00
Format: Paperback
Availability: In stock.