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Thursday, December 12, 2013

U.S. Department of Labor seeks favorite books on work

Posted By on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM

If there’s a book or two that helped define your understanding of the world of work, the Department wants to hear about it.

To commemorate its 100th anniversary, the Department (in partnership with the Library of Congress) is starting a “national work-focused book club.” The initiative is called the Books That Shaped Work in America.

The web-based project “aims to engage the public about the Labor Department’s mission and America’s history as a nation of workers as portrayed through published works.”

The project has already asked a couple dozen prominent folks — many of them Department of Labor types — to name some titles.

Current labor secretary Thomas E. Perez, for instance, named books including To Kill a Mockingbird and (local shout-out) August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle of plays. Latifa Lyles, acting director of the department’s Women’s Bureau, named books including Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. And former Labor Sec Robert Reich tipped titles like Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed and Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.

It looks like “work” is defined pretty broadly here — see for yourself.

And there’s a simple online form to make your own sugestions right here.

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