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To Read: Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work

April 21, 2011

I came across this book, Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work by Richard Fordon the New York Times’ website and think it looks really good. The reporter begins the article by saying, “I’ve often wondered why there aren’t more strong works of fiction dealing with the business world.” I’ve actually never wondered that, but it’s a good point, isn’t it?

Quite some time ago when I started my new job, I wrote this post about career-focused books. One of the books I included was The Wages of Genius by Gregory Mone. It’s one of my favorite random books that focuses on a dot com company and one of their wacky employees Edward.

Anyway, I think Ford’s collection of short stories focusing on work would be fun to read. The reporter mentions that not all the stories are 100% work oriented (I guess one is about a couple who are on their way to the man’s boss’ house for a party), but that doesn’t bother me.

According to Goodreads:

This vital and compelling collection of stories about work, compiled by novelist and short-story writer Richard Ford, explores tales of how we Americans are employed; how we find work and leave it; how it excites, ennobles, occasionally debilitates, but often defines us.

Contributing writers for Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar range from contemporary Pulitzer Prize winners Edward P. Jones and Jhumpa Lahiri to iconic short-story masters Tobias Wolff, Annie Proulx, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as emerging writers such as Lewis Robinson. Encompassing a wide range of contemporary literary styles, ages, ethnic backgrounds, and geographical locations, Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar is a masterful, exhilarating, and timely fictional exploration of work and its relationship to the human spirit.

A really cool point about this collection is that “all author proceeds from Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work will go directly to fund the free youth writing, tutoring, and publishing programs offered by 826michigan.” Another great reason to grab a copy!

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  1. April 26, 2011 11:58 pm

    I hadn’t heard about this collection. Sounds interesting. Why isn’t there more works of fiction dealing with the business world is a good question. Maybe writers don’t think people want to read about something they spend 8+ hours a day doing? Although, Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris was so well received that I think there is a definite market for this type of fiction.

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