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Book Club Idea: Careers

August 8, 2010

I’m starting a new job tomorrow morning.  I’m not going to lie: I’m very excited and a bit nervous too.  But the new adventure got me thinking of jobs and careers and how they are often portrayed in books.  Some of my favorite books have characters that are very much defined by their careers.  I thought a cool book club idea would be to select novels that focus on characters who have interesting careers or whose jobs are a focus of the book.  Some novels could include:

  • The Wages of Genius by Gregory Mone – Set before the dot com bubble burst, Edward is the newest employee at Gleebs (Global Leading Edge E-Business Solutions).
  • The Coming Storm by Paul Russell – Tracy Parker is 25-year-old English instructor at an all boys private school in upstate New York.  His interactions with a student and the proper headmaster Louis Tremper result in chaos.
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – Howard Roark is an architect who faces off against his rival Peter Keating

What books do you like that focus on jobs or whose characters have interesting or unusual careers?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2010 2:07 pm

    Good luck today at the new job!!

  2. Matt permalink
    August 9, 2010 3:00 pm

    Good luck, Kim!!

  3. August 11, 2010 12:40 am

    Tepper Isn’t Going Out by Calvin Trillin. One of my all time favorite books. Although set in recent times, Tepper works for (owns) a kind of old fashioned marketing firm that still uses file cards. I found that aspect of the book charming, but it isn’t the focus of this fantastic book. This is one to check out from your library. Then, once you finish it, you will want to own your own copy.

    I love this question. I am going to be thinking more about this because I know that there are others out there that I like…

  4. August 12, 2010 9:00 pm

    Thought-provoking question! My off-the-cuff response is A Confederacy of Dunces. Throughout the novel, protagonist Ignatius Reilly holds a few jobs, none of which is necessarily interesting in and of itself, but Ignatius’ antics turn each into an adventure.

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