Linda Tirado is the author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America. Before she wrote books she was a night cook in rural Utah. Described as having “a way with words that’s both breezy and blunt,” she works to make the lives of America’s working class slightly more tolerable, although she dreams of the day that America wakes up and realizes that there’s no moral distinction between collecting food stamps and writing off business lunches on one’s taxes because either way the taxpayer is feeding people. Find her @killermartinis on Twitter.