• Title: Reason for Leaving: Job Stories
  • Author: John Manderino
  • ISBN: 9780897334990
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Reason for Leaving Job Stories On a job application there s that tricky question reason for leaving John Manderino s answers are collected here in this hilarious novel tracing the history of a guy trying to grow up job by job Deli
    On a job application, there s that tricky question reason for leaving John Manderino s answers are collected here in this hilarious novel tracing the history of a guy trying to grow up job by job Delivery boy, altar boy, busboy, teacher, cotton picker, umpire, Zen monk Manderino s protagonist tries on one hat after another.

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    1. I was first drawn to this title because of its premise: 17 stories, each one based on a different, disappointing job held by the narrator, tying together to form a spectacularly entertaining coming-of-age story. I picked it up with rather high expectations, simply based on that description (which is brilliantly creative), and I was not disappointed! Manderino's prose is clean and sharp, and every story is great, which is an unfortunate rarity in most short story collections. There really is some [...]

    2. 
A great coming-of-age story told straightforward through the comings-and-goings of different jobs by the protagonist. To anyone (everyone) who has gone through a few different odd jobs before finding their way, Reason for Leaving is a great book that can help relive those wonderful days, hours, minutes, when you didn’t feel like you were actually living at all (Okay, a job painting fire hydrants isn’t that bad). Hilarious book.

    3. The stories just got better as I continued reading. Instructor, Composition Skills, was one of my favorites. I enjoyed these selections in Reason for Leaving, because I could relate. I've had a lot of jobs in my lifetime. Some were enlightening experiences, and others were experiences I could have lived without. Manderino captures the highs and lows of discovering oneself through vocation.

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