Labor Day and Stories About Work

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In this week’s episode, Kim and guest co-host Sharifah recommend books by people with interesting jobs and personal essay collections by smart and funny women.

This episode is sponsored by Unapologetic by Charlene A Carruthers and Elizabeth Warren by Antonia Felix. Book Riot also wants to know about your reading habits. Hop over and take our Fall Reader Survey before Sept. 10 for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Book Riot Store:


To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope by Jeanne Marie Laskas

“Dear Mr. President” by Jeanne Marie Laskas in the Guardian

Ten Letters by Eli Saslow

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

The Class by Heather Won Tesoriero

I Should Have Honor: A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan by Khalida Brohi

Bureau of Spies by Steven T. Usdin

The Provocative Colette by Annie Goetzinger

Not Quite Not White by Sharmila Sen


Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario


We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul


Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

The Infamous Harry Hayward by Shawn Francis Peters