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Adult/High School-To broaden their knowledge of occupations, two enterprising California college students/surfers hatched an idea to interview successful adults in interesting jobs, to see what paths they took to get there. They ended up crossing the U.S. in a large RV for three months. The resultant book is not so much useful for the interviews-which, although interesting, tend to read alike-as it is for the story of how this project was conceived and executed. The inspiring angle is how two average guys with few financial resources got the money and a magazine editor's interest through their ingenuity and persistence, qualities that became useful in their quest for interviews. The final portion of the book tells readers how to go about doing what the authors did-minus the RV-with tips on cold calling, following up, being on time, keeping your word, researching and reaching people, thanking them with a letter, and more. More interviews can be found on the authors' Web site. The good advice here is applicable to dealing with people in general, and the high school yearbooklike layout will appeal to teens.
Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Marriner and Gebhard, California college students who didn't know what they wanted to do with their lives, decided to take a road trip across the country, interviewing successful people who had made their own way in the world. A few phone calls later, they had a contract with monster.com to document their travels, and eventually the road-trip idea became its own multifaceted business that includes teaching classes to would-be road-trippers and, of course, producing documentaries. This book, written with freelancer Joanne Gordon, is another of the spin-offs that have developed from the original venture. Some of the interview subjects seem oddly chosen (the CEO of Starbucks, hardly a favorite company among many young people), but the energy and enthusiasm of the authors are infectious, and they certainly capture the nonconforming yet entrepreneurial attitudes of so many twentysomethings today. This could well become the What Color Is Your Parachute? of its era, despite the fact that when John Belushi shouted "Road trip!" in Animal House, he wasn't talking about interviewing CEOs. Ilene Cooper
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