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How did I get behind the stainless steel counter of the Cosi Sandwich Bar at Forty-fourth and Third in New York City? Writing a book about jobs. When journalist and novelist Benjamin Cheever decided to write a book about menial work, he did his research properly. For the next few years, he took any entry-level job he could get, working in a car showroom, bookshop, and sandwich bar, as a food taster in a focus group, a security guard and (best of all) a spook in Halloween Town. Struggling with the intricacies of each job, Cheever mastered new skills- making a quick sandwich during rushed lunch hours, not being too enthusiastic with browsers at the bookshop, and selling himself to customers in a car showroom. Work is the funny, perceptive account of his experiences. Candid and intelligent, it vividly brings alive our everyday world.
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  • Paperback | 450 pages
  • 153 x 234mm | 509g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747554285
  • 9780747554288

About Benjamin Cheever

Benjamin Cheever is the author of three novels, The Plagiarist, The Partisan (Editor's Choice of the New York Times Best Books of 1994) and Famous After Death. He has also edited the letters of his father, John Cheever. A former editor at Reader's Digest, Cheever has written for the New York Times, The Nation, and The New Yorker. He lives in Pleasantville, New York.
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