“It’s not just the work. Somebody built the pyramids. Somebody’s going to build something. Pyramids, Empire State Building-these things just don’t happen. There’s hard work behind it.” –Mike Lefevre
Everyone has a story to tell and from every story there is a lesson to be learned. That’s what America was built on, stories, the stories of laborers, workers, men and women who toiled day in and day out to make ends meet. In this novel the stories of dozens of laborers will be explored. Each exploring a different facet of the condition. Some workers loathe the jobs they are part of, knowing that they could easily be replaced. While others relish the fact that what they do can never be replaced, that work done by human hands can never be replicated. This kind of insight is only available from talking to people who have been in their positions for years.
Isn’t it natural to wonder what the carpenter you hire thinks about his job, or the mail man, sale person, or even secretary? Each of these professions have their faults, and their perks and the only way to truly understand what it is like is to get the information from the source. This book is not just a series of questions of answers, each interview is unique and will provide a new lesson to taken away from each one.
“Studs Terkel outdoes himself in this latest piece. Every story brings a unique flavor to the book, no one interview is the same, and what the workers have to say, it’s just fascinating.” –Philadelphia Times