Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do
Why this book?
Firefighter, receptionist, janitor. Bank teller, jazz saxophonist, piano tuner. Meter reader, shipping clerk, washroom attendant, stockbroker, realtor, football coach. Accountant, stewardess, bag boy. Glue renderer, strip miner, priest. Most (but not all) of these jobs are still around, and while the way of work has undergone vast technological and economic change in the fifty years (!) since this book of interviews was published, the why of work has not. “The Job,” writes Terkel, “is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” Terkel simply lets these people talk about what they do, and there is dignity and poetry in what they say.