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.
"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
|Publisher:||Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.50(w) x 7.17(h) x 0.82(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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... =)
I saw her show on PBS the night before giving one of my motivational speeches that I do for Job Corps students. I grabbed my speech and shredded it; sat down and scratched another. A few weeks later I found this book in my local library and eventually bought more than a few copies... I give them out to some of the kids I work with to show them that you can succeed now matter how tough things are; and because like she says everyone 'has a story that could stop your heart'. I haven't seen anything more of her besides this because I don't live in or go to New York, but I may be her biggest fan. Read this book - it WILL stop your heart.