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May 29th
Pamela Newkirk engrossingly transforms what was billed in 1906 as a lesson in ethnography into a larger window on racism.
May 29th
“Mandela: An Audio History,” a documentary with first-person interviews and archival recordings, was named the Audiobook of the Year by the Audio Publishers Association.
May 29th
Ms. Blume talks about her new novel; Liesl Schillinger rounds up new travel books; and Vanessa Grigoriadis discusses Wednesday Martin’s memoir, “Primates of Park Avenue.”
May 29th
Add this to the list of awesome yearbook quotes we've seen this year. People always ask Fatima Abdel-Gwad, a 17-year-old from California, why she wears a hijab, Seventeen reported. So she decided to settle it once and for all with her yearbook quote -- an…
May 29th
There may be no forthcoming film that ignites a spark in comic-book fans' eyes more than "Deadpool," the "X-Men" spinoff that has been in various stages of development since at least 2000. Just the idea that it exists is like an Infinity Stone leading to …
May 29th
Tattoo artist Kat Von D once said, “I am a canvas of my experiences, my story is etched in lines and shading, and you can read it on my arms, my legs, my shoulders, and my stomach.” Tattoos are stories -- marked in ink and blood -- quietly tr…
May 29th
Joseph J. Ellis' The Quartet explores the period between the American Revolution and the formation of the federal government. It debuts at No. 14.
May 29th
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May 29th
In Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng explores the fallout of the drowning death of a Chinese-American family's favorite daughter. It appears at No. 5.

NEW BOOK BY LONGTIME LITERATI MEMBER CRAIG LAMBERT

Shadow Work:

The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day

Counterpoint, 2015

With the exception of sleep, humans spend more of their lifetimes on work than any other activity. It is central to our economy, society, and the family. It underpins our finances and our sense of meaning in life. Given the overriding importance of work, we need to recognize a profound transformation in the nature of work that is significantly altering lives: the incoming tidal wave of shadow work.

Shadow work includes all the unpaid tasks we do on behalf of businesses and organizations. It has slipped into our routines stealthily; most of us do not realize how much of it we are already doing, even as we pump our own gas, scan and bag our own groceries, execute our own stock trades, and build our own unassembled furniture. But its presence is unmistakable, and its effects far-reaching.

Fueled by the twin forces of technology and skyrocketing personnel costs, shadow work has taken a foothold in our society. Lambert terms its prevalence as "middle-class serfdom," and examines its sources in the invasion of robotics, the democratization of expertise, and new demands on individuals at all levels of society. The end result? A more personalized form of consumption, a great social leveling (pedigrees don't help with shadow work!), and the weakening of communities as robotics reduce daily human interaction.

Shadow Work offers a field guide to this new phenomenon. It shines a light on these trends now so prevalent in our daily lives and, more importantly, offers valuable insight into how to counter their effects. It will be essential reading to anyone seeking to understand how their day got so full—and how to deal with the ubiquitous shadow work that surrounds them.


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