Working by Studs Terkel
Everyone has to work at some point in order to make a living and provide for themselves and their families. Terkel provides a compelling look at over 100 jobs that are held by average citizens and provides interviews for every worker that he mentions. These interviews allow the reader to have an in-depth look at what goes on both in the life of the worker and the job. The interviews challenge the readers to look at themselves and their jobs and examine what they like and dislike about their jobs, and whether or not they have truly achieved happiness. The book shows many different jobs from gravediggers to policeman to football coaches, looking at their emotions involved in the job. "I enjoy my work. You meet people, you're out with the public." Terkel provides tremendous insight into the everyday lives of citizens that can only be grasped by reading the interviews that he wonderfully conducts.
"Terkel provides an enormous amount of exciting material indispensable for any full understanding of this problem. He uses the discussion of work to get at so much of what is deepest and most intimate in so many people's lives, to understand work as Freud understood it, as the individual's firmest connection with reality. He has learned, as it were, to listen with the third ear. His book should be a best seller, and it deserves to be."- The New York Times