Blown Sideways Through Life: A Hilarious Tour de Resume

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Dubbed "The Ultimate Working Girl" by  Newsweek, Claudia Shear takes  readers on a wild adventure through the American work  force in Blown Sideways Through  Life.

Have you ever held down a  job for money rather than love? Put up with an  impossible boss? Been told when and how often to  visit the restroom, get a drink, use the phone?  Struggled to remember that who...

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Overview

Dubbed "The Ultimate Working Girl" by  Newsweek, Claudia Shear takes  readers on a wild adventure through the American work  force in Blown Sideways Through  Life.

Have you ever held down a  job for money rather than love? Put up with an  impossible boss? Been told when and how often to  visit the restroom, get a drink, use the phone?  Struggled to remember that who you are doesn't depend  on what you do?

Meet Claudia  Shear, a misfit from Brooklyn who grew up dreaming of  adventure. Shear rode a wild wave of employment  (sixty-four jobs in all) on her way to realizing  her dream of becoming an actress. Before landing  the starring role in the upcoming film, Body  Language, and scoring a deal with Steven Spielberg and  Jeffrey Katzenberg for her own sitcom, she worked  as (among other things) a pastry chef, a nude  model, a waitress (a lot), a receptionist in a  whorehouse, a brunch chef on Fire Island, a  proofreader on Wall Street (a lot), and an Italian  translator. On the surface her life makes for a hilarious  tour de resume. But underneath is a universal  lesson learned about life in the  workplace.

Shear is a misfit, a funny, overweight, unconventional worker-for-hire who blew through 64 jobs only to discover the best of all the "alternative identities" she sought through employment was her own. Her life makes for a hilarious tour de resume. Her one woman show has been celebrated by Peter Jennings, Regis and Kathy Lee, Connie Chung and Charlie Rose.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Claudia Shear speaks for millions of  people."--Peter Jennings, ABC  News

"A story that will stop your heart. A  touching striptease of the soul."  --Frank Rich, The New York  Times

"Witty and insightful...spiced with  irreverence and chutzpah."--The New  York Times Book  Review

"Blown Sideways shines with a  moving, mature compassion for everyone who has a  job."--Mademoiselle

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Actress Shear presents an account of the numerous "McJobs" she held while struggling for success. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385313155
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    A very strange story

    Okay, this was a strange book. Shear has certainly led an interesting life... But having had a few jobs right out of school trying to find my niche, I can relate to some of her employment experiences though I've never been tempted to apply for most of the jobs she's held... =)

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