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Judith Shulevitz…Hochschild isn't really interested in the extremes of the outsourced life. She wants to know what it feels like to be caught in the middle of it. An ethnographic sociologist rather than a quantifier of social trends, Hochschild elicits thoughtful reflections from ordinary people. Then she uses those reflections to chart the confusing intersections between commerce and private life that we all have to navigate now that the purveyors of personal assistance have built strip malls on nearly every acre of our inner selves…Hochschild's big contribution…is to tally the subtler costs of outsourcing: the "depersonalization of our bonds with others," the failure to enjoy the process of finding love or planning a wedding, the missing out on one's children's childhoods—all the little nontragedies that add up to a thinner, sadder life.
—The New York Times Book Review