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This book by the late anthropologist David Graeber explores the staggering phenomenon of "bullshit jobs," a term he coined originally in a 2013 essay. Over a third of people are estimated via self-reporting to have jobs so pointless that even the employee cannot justify their existence (though they are asked to do so as a term of their employment). In accessible fashion, Graeber illuminates why bullshit jobs have proliferated, examines the psychological toll on those stuck in them, and explores the social implications of their existence. What separates this book from mere theory is Graeber's profoundly empathetic lens. He's able to make a resounding case for separating human value and financial dependence from work, and presents a much more exciting alternative.

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ISBN: 9781501143335
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2019

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Don't let the sheer bulk of this six-volume autobiographical novel keep you from enjoying one of the best voices in fiction today. The first book is a rewarding, accessible, and largely self-contained work that's easy to devour. Knausgaard creates an internal world that feels truly expansive in its beauty, pain, and humor. He has an extraordinary eye for the quotidian details of life that so often get glazed over in fiction. This skill, combined with a carefully digressive narrative style, allows him to create an epic from the personal.

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By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374534141
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 28th, 2013

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One of the best debuts of the year, Real Life is a novel of startling emotional intelligence and clarity. It centers on Wallace, a gay black grad student surrounded by white peers in a Midwestern biochemistry program. Over the course of a long weekend, the shy and suspicious Wallace is forced to confront the simmering tensions beneath his personal and professional relationships. Taylor uncovers wounds that are wrought by casual prejudice and deeper trauma with the same level of care. Real Life excels at capturing the volatile intersection of race, class, and sexuality through the eyes of a deeply compelling protagonist.

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ISBN: 9780525538882
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 18th, 2020