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Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich is a political essayist, social critic, and author or co-author of twelve books, including For Her Own Good: 150 Years of the Experts’ Advice to Women (Anchor) and Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War (Henry Holt). She has written for Ms., Harper’s, the Nation, the Progressive, the New Republic, Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Times Magazine. She lives and writes near Key West, Florida.

— From January 2003
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Cleaned Out

One of the steps AA asks of recovering alcoholics is to make “a searching and fearless moral inventory” of themselves, and now, alone in my motel room, I find myself fairly obsessed with my stuff: how much of it there is and how long it will last. I have my laptop and a suitcase containing T-shirts, jeans, and khakis, three long-sleeved shirts, one pair of shorts, vitamins, and an assortment of toiletries. I have a tote bag stuffed with books, which will, along with the hiking boots I have brought for weekends, turn out to be the most useless items in my inventory.

January 2003
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