The Job Pirate: An Entertaining Tale of My Job-Hopping Journey in America by Brandon Christopher (3.5 out of 5)
Another great little find in our humor section. I think I ordered this months back for a customer who didn’t pick up the book. Usually those go out on the shelf until publishers call for us to return them for credit. Somehow, those without a sense of humor in the town in which I work didn’t see fit to pick up this fine book. So I bought it. Why? I need good laughs during the holiday season. This book? Guaranteed laughs. Anyone who’s been busting their hump trying to find work and not having an easy time of it will enjoy Brandon Christopher’s journey (I almost typed Christopher Robin. Doh!). I recommend this to those humor lovers. And anyone who has had difficulty finding work elsewhere, especially out of your field of expertise. And comfort zone, for those of you narcissistic peeps who believe they deserve the penultimate in jobs. Whatever the fuck that is. Christopher shows us a good variety of the good, bad, and uglier side of the occupation movement- plumbing assistant, editor at a gay porn magazine, mortuary driver, cashier at a department store (the citadel of toast ovens had me giggling madly. I wonder if it could be done successfully with books?), among some other gems. I can see how this book and Christopher’s often pointing the wrong direction moral compass could piss off some of a more delicate sensibility. So, I’m going to include a disclaimer here. If you’re a stick in the mud, you probably won’t find a good portion of this book funny. Me? I found it hilarious. I encourage you to check it out. It’s very hard to make it in the workforce these days, and Christopher paints a very realistic portrayal of it, but he keeps his sense of humor intact. I would recommend this to anyone who has a warped sense of humor and doesn’t mind the fact that sometimes a bit of juvenile misbehavior results from frustration with a job that clearly isn’t going to be “The Job”. It happens with those of us who ARE gainfully employed. If you’re going to fucking miserable on a job, sometimes it’s best to find the humor in it. And in this, Brandon Christopher has done a great job. I would also like to point out that Christopher has what amounts to a top-tier resume, and yet he STILL manages to get the shittiest of jobs around. And yes, he does lie on his applications. Some of you do it, don’t pretend you don’t. Again, I didn’t say ALL, I said a few. And that goes for his jobs too. To have that many jobs over a ten year period? Well, props to him for remembering them all and giving us this great book to remember them by.