Selling Ben Cheever by Benjamin Cheever audiobook

Selling Ben Cheever: Back to Square One in a Service Economy

By Benjamin Cheever
Read by Benjamin Cheever

Recorded Books, Inc.

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781664433113

  • ISBN: 9781664540941

Runtime: 10.22 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Ben Cheever was a senior editor for Reader's Digest for 11 years and has published three novels. In 1995, however, his latest book proposal had been rejected, so he went looking for work. This is his wry account of the dozen jobs he held as an entry-level employee in the service sector. As he filled out applications, no one seemed to mind that he was vastly overqualified for the positions. At CompUSA, passing a urine test was more important. The jobs were disorienting. At Nobody Beats the Wiz, despite team building meetings, employees were fiercely competitive for sales. At Cosi Sandwich Bar, other employees called him "Gramps." He loved selling cars, but working as a Cadillac salesman netted him less than minimum wage. From his position on the other side of the service counter, Ben Cheever gained a new respect for the millions of people who work long hours for low wages. Now that downsizing is a permanent part of the workplace, his observations provide a valuable perspective of how our jobs define who we are.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Funny, vivid and honest.”  New York Times Book Review
“By turns earnest and comic, analytical and self-obsessed.”  New York Magazine
“Entertaining...Cheever’s voice is utterly genuine, humble, and likable.”  Chicago Tribune
“A touching and insightful workplace memoir.”  Washington Post Book World 
“The funniest memoir of the downsized economy.”  Talk 

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Author

Author Bio: Benjamin Cheever

Author Bio: Benjamin Cheever

Benjamin Cheever, son of the novelist John Cheever, is the author of four adult fiction novels, one children’s book, and two nonfiction books.  He has also been an editor at Reader’s Digest and a newspaper reporter for the New York Times, Nation, and New Yorker. He has taught at The New School for Social Research and the Benning MFA program and has hosted a television show called About Writing. He lives in Pleasantville, New York, with his wife and sons.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 10.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English