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Blown Sideways Through Life Hardcover – 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Dial Press; Book Club edition (1995)
  • ISBN-10: 0385313128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385313124
  • ASIN: B000HLWWPS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
When I first started reading Blown Sideways Through Life, I
had the same feeling I get when someone sits down beside me
on the bus and starts telling me about their life (which happens
more often than I'd like, for some reason). I was learning more
about this person's day-to-day life than any real facts about
them. By the time I finished it I felt like I'd been so
entranced that I got off the bus and finished listening to what
she had to say in a coffee shop. My highest compliment is that
this is a person I'd call to meet me for coffee again, and I
wouldn't presume to try to "one up" her with my own experiences.
The author's life beats anyone else's I've ever heard of in
spades.

It was entrancing, funny, and exceptionally well written. Oh, that I
could invite the author to dinner.
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As Ms. Shear says, "Everyone has a story that would stop... your... heart." I caught her show late late one evening on NPR as I was getting ready to do another speech to hopefully inspire some young people to leave Job Corps and do good with their life - I was burnt out and uninspired myself and just listening to what she had to say - nevermind watching her magnificent presence on the small screen - brought me back up. It took me years to find this book in a library; and I'm glad to be able to buy another copy - maybe another 10 copies to give to people I know need it. Anyone who has ever felt beat down by their work and their lives melded into an amazing wash of effort to keep one nostril above the waves; anyone who has ever felt walked on by the world will be inspired by this wonderful woman's story.
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Blown Sideways Through chronicles Claudia Shear's search for the true job, and the 64 jobs she had to enjoy/endure so far) before she she found the job (or career) that was right for her. Brunch chef at Fire Island, nude model,proofreader, receptionist at an brothel; Shear always spins a good story, and amuses us with life's wierdness. This is also a truthful look at the life many of us live. We have jobs, not careers, working where we can to make the money we need to live our lives. Shear makes no apology for the meandering work path she has chosen. There is dignity and humor in her retelling of seemingly menial jobs (some of them were pretty horrid). I think her rant of the observed rudeness of a donut store patron, and the pevelent attitude of "looking down" on service industry people is a must read for every person. Funny, insightful and honest, this is a book that deserves a reprint.
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Claudia takes us on her journey... and in doing so makes a name for herself. This is a well written and thoughtful book. A one woman show! A standup and take notice comedy!
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I had imagined that every working adult would like a copy of this book. I've so-far owned two copies, both of which were lent out and never returned. I imagine that somebody out there (well, two actually) must have liked it as much as I do and I'm not mad at them, as the third time I went for a copy I found the book on tape, read by the author.
I realise that it is now hard to find with no new printing in sight, but if you ever do spot a copy somewhere, you need it. If you went to university and ended up flipping burgers, buy it. If you've ever found yourself in a strange place after having lied your way into employment and about to do something you're having second thoughts about, buy it. If you're just entering the work force for the first or sixty fourth time, buy it!
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Format: Audio Cassette
I have been searching everywhere for the recording of her performance since seeing it in the '90's on PBS. It is one of the most memorable performances I've ever seen. Since I can't find the movie, I think I'm going to buy the audio cassette (wish it was available on MP3). Claudia understands the everyday person and is a brilliant actress, filled with energy and effervescence. Obviously a great writer, too, since she also wrote this.
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