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IN-STORE EVENT: Madeline Pendleton, I Survived Capitalism and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 7:00pm

FREE IN-STORE EVENT: TikTok superstar Madeline Pendleton brings raw, down-to-earth candor and anti-#Girlboss ethos to her book I Survived Capitalism and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt, a bighearted, no-BS memoir about her journey from living paycheck-to-paycheck to creating a multimillion-dollar business that offers a compassionate alternative to capitalism. Includes no-nonsense life and money advice, from negotiating pay and building credit to putting home ownership within reach.

PLEASE NOTE: Purchase of I Survived Capitalism and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirtrequired to join the signing line.

"Madeline's life is unique yet wildly relatable... Readers will be thoroughly engaged, as every hardship comes with a lesson that Madeline skillfully shares with us. A thought-provoking, mind-tingling reading experience." —Mercury Stardust, the Trans Handly Ma'am and author of Safe and Sound

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Imagine a job where you work four days a week and earn as much as the CEO. You also get full benefits, a gym membership, free lunch, and unlimited time off, no questions asked. Hard-won profits don't just end up in the CEO's pocket—they're distributed equally among all employees. The company even buys you your very own car. It sounds too good to be true, but this is the reality at Tunnel Vision, the clothing company that Madeline Pendleton built from the ground up.

Like so many Americans, Madeline used to struggle to make ends meet. Raised by a punk dad and a goth mom in Fresno, California, she spent her teens intermittently homeless, relying on the kindness and spare couches of the local punk community to get by. By her twenties, she was drowning in student loans and credit card debt, working long hours and sick of her bosses treating her as disposable. Then her boyfriend, struggling with financial stress, died by suicide. Capitalism was literally killing her loved ones—she knew there must be a better way.

Madeline decided to study the rules of capitalism, the game everyone is forced to play. She used what she learned to build a new kind of business, one rooted in an ethos of community care.

Millennials and Gen Zers like Madeline are facing an unprecedented financial reality: Stagnant wages, skyrocketing housing costs, a student debt crisis. I Survived Capitalism is essential reading for anyone searching for hope and stability in an unjust world.

Madeline Pendleton is the CEO and founder of Tunnel Vision, an L.A.-based clothing company with a progressive, employee-centered approach to business. In addition to her entrepreneurial success, Madeline has garnered a massive following on TikTok, where she shares stories and advice based on her experience growing up in California's punk scene, escaping poverty, and building a community-minded company.

I Survived Capitalism and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt: Everything I Wish I Never Had to Learn About Money By Madeline Pendleton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385549783
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - January 16th, 2024