Topic: Occupations

Thanks to Sue William Silverman for this list! Please add your suggestions for book-length works on occupations in the comments below!


  • Sylvia Ashton-Warner, Teacher
  • Gesine Bullock-Prado, Confections of a Closet Master Baker
  • Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
  • Kelly Cherry, Girl in a Library: On Women Writers and the Writing Life
  • Ted Conover, Newjack: Guarding Sing-Sing
  • Pat Conroy, The Water is Wide
  • Robert Cowser, Dream Season: A Professor Joins America’s Oldest Semi-Pro Football Team
  • Huston Diehl, Dream Not of Other Worlds: Teaching in a Segregated Elementary School, 1970
  • Atul Gawande, Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on An Imperfect Science; Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance
  • Gail Griffin, Calling: Essays on Teaching in the Mother Tongue
  • Brendan Halpin, Losing My Faculties: A Teacher’s Story
  • Ben Hamper, Rivethead
  • Jean Harper, Rose City: A Memoir of Work
  • Thomas Lynch, The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trades 
  • Frank McCourt, Teacher Man
  • Ann McCutchan, The Muse that Sings: Composers Speak about the Creative Process
  • Susan Neville, Iconography: A Writer’s Meditation
  • Don Metz, Confessions of a Country Architect
  • Danielle Ofri, Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue
  • Louise Rafkin, Other People’s Dirt: A Housecleaner’s Curious Adventures
  • Ruth Reichl, Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table
  • Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
  • Richard Seltzer, Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery; Confessions of a Knife
  • Frank Vertosick, Why We Hurt; The Natural History of Pain

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