The Purpose and Passion of Work

Book - 2016
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Penguin Putnam
Stories of passion, courage, and commitment, following individuals as they pursue the work they were born to do, from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay

In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; some overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. Many of their stories have never been broadcast or published by StoryCorps until now.

We meet a man from the barrios of Texas whose harrowing experiences in a family of migrant farmers inspired him to become a public defender. We meet a longtime waitress who takes pride in making regulars and newcomers alike feel at home in her Nashville diner. We meet a young man on the South Side of Chicago who became a teacher in order to help at-risk teenagers like the ones who killed his father get on the right track. We meet a woman from Little Rock who helps former inmates gain the skills and confidence they need to rejoin the workforce. Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling. Their shared sense of passion, honor, and commitment brings deeper meaning and satisfaction to every aspect of their lives. 

An essential contribution to the beloved StoryCorps collection, Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness.

Baker & Taylor
The founder of StoryCorps describes the amazing, true stories of people who are doing what they love and making a difference, including a man from a Texas barrio who became a public defender and a waitress who makes everyone feel at home.

& Taylor

The founder of StoryCorps relates the true stories of people who are doing what they love and making a difference, including a man from a Texas barrio who became a public defender, and a waitress who makes everyone feel at home at her diner.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781594205187
Branch Call Number: 920.073 ISAY
Characteristics: 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Millett, Maya - Author


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ArapahoeAnnaL Jun 25, 2018

Each of the vignettes in this lovely book provides an interesting and inspiring peek into another person's life.

Mar 06, 2017

Enjoyable collection of short interviews dealing with work.

May 31, 2016

A collection of touching and inspiring stories which will be familiar to regular followers of StoryCorps. It was inspired by Studs Terkel's classic "Working" and is true to the spirit of that book.


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