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Selling Ben Cheever

Back To Square One In A Service Economy

By Benjamin Cheever, 1948-

Ben Cheever's hilarious and profound odyssey through the want-ad world.

In 1995, America was in the throes of downsizing-fever. Many thousands then, as now, were losing their jobs to the corporate demand of more money for the top, by tightening the belt below. Unable to sell his latest novel, Ben Cheever started to think about what employment opportunities were out there. Mustering his courage, he skimmed the want-ads, made some phone calls, went to interviews, and ended up as everything from a security guard to a computer salesman.

Rejected by Brooks Brothers, accepted as a sandwich maker, successful as a car salesman, Cheever brilliantly chronicles life on the other side of the counter. As we see him confront his own demons about what a particular job means to him, we are compelled to consider how our egos are affected by not only what we do, but how we do it. It is through Ben's experiences that we begin to think about our approach to our own jobs and to confront our fears about what we would do if we didn't have them.

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1582341583


Format: Book
Author: Cheever, Benjamin, 1948-
Title: Selling Ben Cheever : back to square one in a service economy / Benjamin Cheever.
Publisher Date: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to trade by St. Martin's Press, c2001.
Subject: Cheever, Benjamin, 1948- Employees -- United States -- Biography. Displaced workers -- United States Working poor -- United States. Career changes -- United States -- Case studies. Industries -- United States United States -- Economic conditions -- 1981-2001 United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-
Isbn: 1582341583
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 813.54 Che
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Bib Id: 168803

Format: Book
Author: Cheever, Benjamin, 1948-
Title: Selling Ben Cheever : back to square one in a service economy / Benjamin Cheever.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to trade by St. Martin's Press, c2001.
Description: xxi, 286 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Cheever, Benjamin, 1948-
Subjects: Employees -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: Displaced workers -- United States
Subjects: Working poor -- United States.
Subjects: Career changes -- United States -- Case studies.
Subjects: Industries -- United States
Subjects: United States -- Economic conditions -- 1981-2001
Subjects: United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-
LCCN: 2001035124
ISBN: 1582341583
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 813.54 Che