Sample APA Annotation for a book
Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America. New York: Henry Holt
In this book of nonfiction based on the journalist's experiential research, Ehrenreich attempts to ascertain whether it is currently possible for an individual to live on a minimum-wage in America. Taking jobs as a waitress, a maid in a cleaning service, and a Wal-Mart sales employee, the author summarizes and reflects on her work, her relationships with fellow workers, and her financial struggles in each situation. The reason for doing so, Ehrenreich states, is to explain the relationship between socioeconomic status, living wage, and inequality.
An experienced journalist, Ehrenreich is aware of the limitations of her experiment and the ethical implications of her experiential research tactics and reflects on these issues in the text. Ehrenreich could have chosen different professions in her research, ones that represent more diversity. The author is forthcoming about her methods and supplements her experiences with scholarly research on her places of employment, the economy, and the rising cost of living in America.