From Publishers Weekly
On March 27, 2007, hundreds of women across the country created an on-the-job day diary, chronicling the joys, triumphs, frustrations and hilarities of their chosen or given professions for this entertaining collection that shows women in every career under the sun. The 35 full-length stories, and many more highlights and excerpts, afford readers a glimpse into worlds as diverse as the women who work in them: orthopedic surgeon, stripper/magician, school custodian, Avon lady, prison intake counselor, voice-over actor, life coach, boxing promoter, among others. Most of the women are unknown—blogger Heather Cocks and chef Sara Moulton are among the few familiar names—and this glimpse into their lives is both fascinating and eye-opening. Unsurprisingly, women in every field and income bracket struggle in their own ways between career and family, but the grace and humor with which they do it is fresh and compelling. The wide scope should satisfy women readers casting a wide career net or anyone curious about the lives of women at work. (Mar.)
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Take one day—in this case, March 27, 2007—and ask 515 women to chronicle their thoughts and activities. This “day in the life” (third in a series from Cole and Rakhra) features what could be called “average” occupations— including stay-at-home mom, librarian, teacher—as well as the more glamorous work, from fashion designer and Lake Wobegon actor to a boxing promoter and, yes, the World’s Sexiest Magician. In all, 35 full-day accounts are included. Skimming through this collection is not a good idea. There are sentences that will make readers stop, laugh, tear up, nod, and otherwise savor common and out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Judging from these excerpts, who could resist uncovering the rest of the story? “She was a poster child for why you don’t wear six-inch heels and get drunk at a post–St. Patrick’s Day party.” Or “I love the satisfaction of the home being our canvas.” And “So can a person ever be a failure if they are doing what they love?” Worth rereading. --Barbara Jacobs