Nonfiction about a man who loses his job. "Riches to rags" story.
I was completely captivated by this book. I myself have been through the same sort of "transition" (to use just one of the euphemisms that come from CorporateSpeak), and within these pages I found almost a perfect mirror of my own experiences- the humiliation, the feelings of failure, the terror of how to support your family, the depression, the anger, and perhaps worst of all, the never-answered question of "Why?" Losing your job is difficult whether you're a blue-collar or white-collar worker, that's for sure. Yes, in some ways it can be easier if you were an executive, because you might actually get a decent severance package, and perhaps you were able to accumulate some savings while you worked, but on the other hand, executives tend to completely identify themselves with the title, the office, the perks, the salary- and when it's all taken away, abruptly, with no explanation, it can seem as though your very identity has been wiped away.
In these terrible economic times, this book becomes even more timely and important. Unfortunately, more and more people are going through the hell this book describes so well, and many times, there's no one to talk to about what has happened and what you're feeling- so this book might serve as a comfort to some. To realize that other people have gone through this situation, and that you're not alone, can be a lifeline.