DOL Gov Doc: Books that Shaped Work in America
Since its Centennial in 2013, the Department of Labor, in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, has been developing a list of Books that Shaped Work in America. Search/Browse by
It is thoughtfully curated: all 171 items may be found in a public library (or ILL), and spans almost every interest and reading level. Plus, each title has a synopsis focusing on its work themes and its connection to DOL mission.
You may suggest a book (hey RA!), and given the project’s influence, the lack of current titles, and publicity for your library, methinks it’s worth our time.
Selected Titles include:
The expected: The Jungle-Sinclair, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Studs Terkel, Federalist Papers, Lewis, Dale Carnegie, Frances Perkins, Nickel and Dimed, Strangers from a Different Shore, Triangle: the fire that Changed America, The Help, Megatrends, Dilbert, The New Jim Crow, Albright, Reich, Gay Issues in the Workplace, Alinsky, Shock Doctrine, Riis, etc.
And, some patron favorites: The Devil Wears Prada, Leaves of Grass, Stone Butch Blues, Thomas Merton, Age of Innocence, Little Women, Silent Spring, Devil Wears Prada, Their Eyes were Watching God, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Mayor of Castro Street, Bartelby, The Feminine Mystique, The Best of Everything, Handmaid’s Tale, Tao of Pooh, etc.
Also For Kids: Busy Busy Town, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Days the Crayons Quit, I’m a Frog: An Elephant and Piggy Book, Click Clack Moo, Little Engine that Could, Little Orphan Annie, Olivia.
If you have any recommendations for books or RA sources related to work & labor, please add them to the comments!