Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Tell Me More About Someone's Work
September 23, 2011 9:59 AM Subscribe
More non-fiction please! As a strange antidote to having to read a lot of dry academic articles, I enjoy pleasurable non-fiction writing about jobs and work. Books I've liked in the past include May Roach (Stiff
); Atul Gawande (Complications, Better
); Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed
); and Tracy Kidder (House, Among Schoolchildren
). I'd like recommendations for more non-fiction along those lines.
posted by jeanmari to Writing & Language (36 answers total) 93 users marked this as a favorite
Although I love Studs Terkel, books like Working are not contemporary enough for me and have a bit more of a biographical slant to them versus a study of a job, its tasks, and common problems. I also appreciate a book that looks closely at one work context (as Gawande does with healthcare) or work related to a certain theme (like Roach using Stiff to explore different jobs related to handling the dead, or Kidder using House to explore the different jobs and interactions involved in designing and building a house).
Bartending, basketweaving, road paving, dairy farming...I don't much care about the KIND of work. But I do enjoy a well researched, well told story about types of work.
What say you, hive mind?