Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work - Matthew B. Crawford

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

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work - Alain De Botton

It isn’t often that you find literature offering an extended treatment of work. Which is odd, because work is where most of us spend the (at times disheartening) preponderance of our energy and time each day, each year. Perhaps books neglect labor because we turn to literature for the very purpose of “’forgetting” our daily toil? Be alienated no longer! With The Pleasures And Sorrows Of Work (Vintage, $15.95), Alain de Botton (The Architecture of Happiness, How Proust Can Change Your Life) reports on ten distinct occupations and industries. It is a “hymn to the modern workplace,” evoked in rich, wry detail with anthropological care, all the while seeking to answer the question, “when does a job feel meaningful?”

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ISBN: 9780307277251
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Published: Vintage - June 1st, 2010