Shop Class As Soulcraft (Penguin, $15) has resonated profoundly with readers and workers across the economic spectrum. Matthew Crawford, a Committee of Social Thought postdoc turned motorcycle mechanic, invites you to join him under the motorcycle lift. With lucid, methodical prose, he guides you through the daily frustrations, intellectual challenges, and achievements of a mechanic’s  work, combining it with a compelling analysis of the typical “knowledge work” expected of college graduates. His treatise shows why, on grounds both economic and Aristotelian, there may be more satisfaction and meaning to work that includes a manual component than to that bounded  by an office cubicle.

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ISBN: 9780143117469
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Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2010

Matthew Crawford began to question his satisfaction as a “knowledge worker,” and opened a motorcycle repair shop in Richmond. Shop Class as Soulcraft is an absorbing personal labor-history-cum-memoir, a philosophical treatise on the essence of work, and an analysis of America’s economic and vocational future, reminiscent of the classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Following Crawford through the mental and mechanical process of a manual trade will order, link, and electrify many of the vague discontents and notions you might have about the nature and quality of work and a good life in our times. This is an especially thought-provoking choice for college students or recent graduates.

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ISBN: 9781594202230
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Published: Penguin Press - May 28th, 2009

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143117469
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What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? What keeps you going when your life gets difficult? In This I Believe II (Holt, $23), editor Jay Allison assembles seventy-five  essays from the popular NPR segment “This I Believe” into a book that will provoke thought and discussion.  Each contributor, from celebrities like Tony Hawk to a high-school student named Kamaal Majeed, offers a unique worldview. If nothing else, this book will make you consider what matters in your life, and will encourage you to commit your beliefs to paper.

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ISBN: 9780805090895
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - July 21st, 2009

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