Steve Terkel's "Working" features a large variety of interesting characters who all have different occupations. Their self-told stories portray the powerful concept that all working people, no matter their career path, are essential pieces of the puzzle that makes our society whole. Also similarly to a puzzle, each character has more to them than meets the eye. This book makes the reader realize that the variety of people in different occupations that we may encounter every day (the janitor at school, the prostitute on the other side of town, the secretary at the front desk) each have a story that goes much deeper than the first impression we get. Human beings are much more complex than the initial judgments we give them, and there is no better way to come to this realization than by reading about their experiences in their own words, from their perspective. Their stories dig much deeper than our first judgments, and reach emotional depths that every person should consider when thinking about the people that they often encounter. Every occupation matters, everybody has a personal story, and no one is insignificant when it comes to the big picture of our society.