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Edited by John BoweAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by John Bowe , Marisa BoweAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Marisa Bowe and Sabin StreeterAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Sabin Streeter

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • On Sale: August 21, 2001
  • Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-609-80707-1 (0-609-80707-2)
Also available as an eBook.
about this book

Taking their cue from Studs Terkel's book Working, the editors of have produced a book that provides real insight into how people work and how they describe their jobs. Composed of more than 120 monologues Gig allows disparate people—from a wide variety of occupations and locations—to describe their day to day experiences in the office, on the street corner, or where ever their occupation places them. The jobs covered are sometimes outside of the mainstream (transvestite prostitute) and sometimes out of reach of all but a few (professional basketball player), but, taken as a whole, they create a portrait of employment in America that is devoid of agenda, abstraction, and theory.

The people in Gig speak of the constant and complex stresses that they are subjected to and the increasing importance of technology (and consequent increase in speed) that have become so much a part of the modern landscape. The picture that emerges is one a dedicated workers who throw themselves into coping with changes that were unimaginable thirty years ago. Some love their jobs, some don't, but the majority have, in different ways, adapted themselves to the new problems and opportunities that have emerged.

Table of Contents:



Wal-Mart Greeter

Workers and Managers
UPS Driver
Corporate Headhunter
Telemarketing Group Supervisor
Software Engineer
McDonald's Crew Member
Workfare Street Cleaner
Construction Forman
Ford Auto Worker
Slaugherhouse Human Resources Director
Chief Executive Officer

Goods and Services
Systems Administrator
Kinko's Co-Worker
Automobile Parts Specialist
Merchandise Handler
Corporate Identity Consultant
Clutter Consultant
Crime Scene Cleaner
Computer Chip Layout Designer
Tofu Manufacturer
Bar Owner

Buyers and Sellers
Lemonade Salesmen
Hallmark Gift Shop Saleswoman
Gun Store Owner
Drug Dealer
Adhesives Company Sales Representative
Advertising Executive
Financial Advisor
Traveling Salesman
Hat Saleswoman


Highway Flagger
Long-Haul Truck Driver
Gas Station Attendant
Bus Driver
Train Engineer
Flight Attendant

Plants and Animals
Campground Maintenance Worker
Lawn Maintenance Man
Dog Trainer
Research Biologist
Commercial Fisherman
Buffalo Rancher

Poultry Factory Worker
Smokehouse Pit Cooks
Diet Center Owner
Pretzel Vendor
Produce Stand Owner
Food Stylist

Film Producer
Film Development Assistant
Film Director
Casting Director
Book Scout
Television Guest Coordinator
Television Station Receptionist

Artists and Entertainers
Advocate for Rappers
Heavy Medal Roadie
A&R Executive
Art Mover
Web Content Producer
Carnival Worker
Video Game Designer
Elvis Presley Interpreter

Sports and Gambling
High School Basketball Coach
Professional Hockey Player
Professional Snowboarder
Professional Basketball Player
Sports Agent
Squash Instructor
Casino Surveillance Officer

Porn Star
Adult Webmistress
Transvestite Prostitute

Children and Teachers
Labor-Support Doula
Toys "R" Us Marketing Executive
Second-Grade Teacher
High School Math Teacher
College Professor

Lawyers and the Law
Personal Injury Trial Lawyer
Corporate Securities Lawyer
Social Worker
FBI Agent
Border Patrol Agent
Homicide Detective
Bounty Hunter

Government and Military
Army Psychological Operations Specialist
Air Force General
Environmental Protection Agency Specialist
Public Utilities Specialist
Town Manager
City Planner
U.S. Congressman
Political Fund-Raiser

Bodies and Souls
Orthopedic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Pharmaceutical Company Sales Representative
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Therapist
Medicine Woman
Palm Reader
Telephone Psychic
Funeral Home Director