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In her new book, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, Barbara Ehrenreich teaches us that the only thing worse than working for an American corporation is not working for one. In a sort of Unemployed Like Me experiment, the journalist goes underground, learning for seemingly the first time the frustrations of résumé writing and networking. Though she fails to prove her thesis—that middle-management jobs are as horrible as the entry-level jobs she wrote about in Nickel and Dimed—because she never actually gets a job, she does expose the charlatans who fleece job hunters by selling them image consulting, personality profiling, and any number of other time-wasters that do nothing to hasten re-employment. Ehrenreich’s solution to the horror of working in America? “Band together to work for a saner economy.” She doesn’t elaborate, but I bet it includes a kickass dental plan. Ehrenreich reads at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Janet Hopf)