Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember Paperback – April 8, 2003
"Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)" by David Sedaris
In one of the most anticipated books of 2017, David Sedaris tells a story that is, literally, a lifetime in the making. See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
"Bracing, hilarious and dead on." —The New York Times Book Review
“[Levison’s] slacker ethos and deadpan delivery make reading Manifesto a job well worth taking.”—Entertainment Weekly
“There is a naked, pitiless power in [Levison’s] work that makes [Manifesto] more valuable than the usual journal of the down-and-out in America.”—USA Today
“Levison writes tight, punchy prose, with deadpan humor and a mixture of savvy about and sympathy for his fellow working stiffs.”—The Wall Street Journal
From the Inside Flap
All Iain Levison really wants is a steady paycheck, cable television, and the possibility of a date on Saturday night. But after blowing $40,000 on an English degree, he can't find the first, can't afford the second, and can't even imagine what woman would consent to the third. So he embarks on a time-honored American tradition: scoring a few dead-end jobs until something better comes along. The problem is, it never does.
"A Working Stiff's Manifesto is a laugh-out-loud memoir of one man's quest to stay afloat. From the North Carolina piedmont to the Alaskan waters, Levison's odyssey takes him on a cross-country tour of wage labor: gofer, oil deliveryman, mover, fish cutter, restaurant manager, cable thief, each job more mind-numbing than the last. "A Working Stiff's Manifesto will resonate with anyone who has ever suffered a demeaning job, worn a name badge, or felt the tyranny of the time clock.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
It's a funny book. Levison has a cynical/skeptical outlook on the business world. You might be familiar with the tone from Dilbert.
Having worked at some of these jobs also, his descriptions or temp, seasonal, low paying work struck me as accurate, with urine tests, unpaid overtime (at the restaraunt), dress codes, crazy bosses, unrealistic schedules, etc. He's kind of like the guy at the bar you can talk to about how screwed up your job is.
Not only is the book laugh out loud funny, but it can be a good example for teens. I would read it again for the laughs involved, but would also recommend it to college bound teens that are looking into degrees that have questionable marketability.
This is not a book of big ideas or real social commentary. It is one guy's deadpan recollection of his own experience. Everyone can relate to a job or two they've hated, and the author's slacker bemusement of his own miserable saga really hits home. Join in, and laugh with him. It's a quick read, and you'll smile every time you think of this book!
The only downside (though not that bad of one) in the story is that while he's incredibly honest about his slacker approach, he tends to blame his hand-to-mouth existence on the worthlessness of an English Degree and companies that just want to take advantage of him. The reality, as it soon becomes clear, is that he lives that way, out of choice. He'd rather have the stress of demanding physical jobs in bad conditions with no long-term commitment and where passive aggressive behaviour runs rampant - than one where he'd have to take greater responsibility for his actions. Despite the title, he never seems to get that it might be about who he is - and not what the world is doing to him.
Still, this book is a fun read --- and will make any liberal arts grad feel better about whatever job they have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious stories that i related to, portrayed with clear,
succinct writing.Read more