Reason for Leaving: Job Stories (Paperback)
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Reason for Leaving: Job Stories (Paperback)

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Paperback 180 Pages / Published: 30/05/2013
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In the last column of a job application, there's that tricky question: Reason for Leaving.

John Manderino has apparently had to puzzle over that one often and long. His answers are collected here in this hilarious novel-in-stories tracing the history of a guy trying to grow up job by job.

Delivery boy, altar boy, busboy, teacher, cotton picker, umpire, Zen monk-Manderino's protagonist tries on one hat after another, from Chicago to Arizona to a South Dakota reservation where he longs to be given an Indian name, ""something like Many Roads, or Many Jobs.""

Each story in this highly entertaining collection is complete in itself, yet Manderino has woven them into a seamless history that's hard to put down.

The author of Sam and His Brother Len and The Man Who Once Played Catch with Nellie Fox has once again given us a funny, moving portrait of a man's journey of becoming. Becoming what? The answer lies behind all his reasons for leaving.

John Manderino has a sharp eye for human foibles and his depiction's of life in the workaday world will leave readers laughing long and loud.

Publisher: Academy Chicago Publishers
ISBN: 9780897336352
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 244 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 10 mm


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"A feckless Chicagoan traces the amusing episodes in his moderately working life (circa 1961-79) and the steps that led to his many, many unscheduled departures. . . Manderino takes his nameless hero from delivery boy at a South Side meat market (where his dad's a butcher) through stints as an altar boy, ditch-digger, ballplayer, Art Institute security guard, Vista worker, Indian tutor in South Dakota, and umpire (not to mention eight other gigs) to his final destination as a writer. . . Pretty funny. Even funnier if you've been this route."- Kirkus Reviews


"A feckless Chicagoan traces the amusing episodes in his moderately working life (circa 1961-79) and the steps that led to his many, many unscheduled departures. . . Manderino takes his nameless hero from delivery boy at a South Side meat market (where his dad's a butcher) through stints as an altar boy, ditch-digger, ballplayer, Art Institute security guard, Vista worker, Indian tutor in South Dakota, and umpire (not to mention eight other gigs) to his final destination as a writer. . . Pretty funny. Even funnier if you've been this route."- Kirkus Reviews

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