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I really enjoyed this book, the store of one man's inner journey when struggling with career issues and identity issues when he has no job. By the end he finally realizes he needs to work at any job just to pay the bills. Talk about coming down from the ivory tower of academia! Anyway, I recommend this book.
This book changed my outlook on the pursuit of "happiness." The author was a professor of English, married with 3 children and another on the way when he lost his job. After a long and fruitless search for a comparable job, he was finally reduced to doing manual labor to keep his family fed. He came away from the experience a much wiser man. Definitely worth the time, particularly if you're concerned about our society's obsession with material success.