We all search for our life's work--not plain old jobs, but "bright and shining careers that will help save the world in some way, once we discover and cultivate our inner talents," say Martha Finney and Deborah Dasch. The pair wrote for a variety of business and trade magazines before they found their own
life's work in Find Your Calling, Love Your Life
. Instead of offering lessons on how to find a worthy career, they open the floor to allow 20 people who've found their callings to speak for themselves. There's the special-effects director who describes his long path to a job that combines grueling hours with childlike fun; the married couple who learned they had to be entertainers as well as businesspeople when they decided to open a sailboat-charter company; and even a used-car salesman, who tells how he survived difficult times and found dignity in a profession that gets little respect. While Studs Terkel's Working
used similar interviews to provide a new perspective on the American labor force, Find Your Calling, Love Your Life
has simpler ambitions: find out how people with good jobs went about getting them. The book also provides windows into the lives of interesting characters we'd otherwise never get to know.