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Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations Hardcover – October 28, 2002
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Schiff came across a person with an unusual job one day... the official timekeeper at a horse race track. She then started wondering about other "unusual" jobs that people have, and set out to find those jobs and photograph the people who do them. The result is this book. It's not large, only 152 pages. The format is a set of opposite pages for each job. The description of the job and person is on the left, along with a picture of the job and person on the right. And we're talking some really unusual jobs... How about a condom tester held by a lady who is definitely old enough to be your grandmother? A person who milks venom from snakes. A mortuary beautician who prepares bodies for their "final viewing". Dog walker, bull inseminator, tampon tester... all things that need to be done, but you probably don't really think about (or *want* to think about) the people or skills it takes to do them.
So if you're feeling that your job is horrible and you'd like to do something different, take 15 minutes or so and glance through this book. You'll either come back with some new employment possibilities or figure out that your job isn't so bad after all!
One must be resourcful during this ecomony. Odd Jobs is done with a sense of humor and captured the teenage market by having been selected by a panel of young librarians at the New York Public Library for their Teenage List 2003.
Yes, these are really funny things to read about. The sweetly proud faces tell of the pride of these holders of unusual jobs. I actually visited a packaging operation where ladies were testing condoms on steel "devices" and I was delighted to see a similar job shown in Ms. Schiff's hilarious book.
One reviewer myopically advised school librarians to not buy this book because it was for adults. That's pretty strange advice to this reader who was exposed to the French Impressionists and the wonders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other highly "adult" topics when I was a boy. This early appreciation for the unusual things in our world provided me with the freedom to choose from a bigger buffet of options. I used to sample a number of unusual occupations with pride instead of embarrassment. The beauty of Ms. Schiff's book is that it's both really funny and eye-opening at the same time. What could be a better occupation carousel of the unusual for a students wondering what they might want to be in life?
Buy it for your teenagers. It's a perfectly charming and meaty gift for all ages.
Current author and former Ford plant 2nd shift "emblem slammer." (My job was to just snap the Ford Emblem under the hood ornament of every car leaving the Edgewater Assembly Plant.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny book, however, it is dated and so many of them are not a surprise.Published 13 months ago by Starlet
Great concept for a book, however it doesn't elaborate on how any of these people spend their days at work. Disappointing.Published 20 months ago by Skyler
I bought this book with the sole intention of making it a coffee table photography book/conversation starter. I didn't know I would enjoy it as much as I did. It's great! Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Elizabeth L
I ordered this as a gift for a friend, she loves it! Says it is very funny albeit a one-time read.Published on December 23, 2007 by Amazon Customer
I received this book as a gift recently and my friends and I have shared so many laughs from the interesting conversation it always seems to spark. Read morePublished on November 6, 2003 by E. D'alessandro