Making a Living, Making a Life: Work and Its Rewards in a Changing America

This series offers an examination of work-related issues: women in the work force, a changing workplace, employment as identity, the puritan work ethic and, of course, the American Dream.

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The humanities scholar’s essay was written by Joseph Parisi. Joseph Parisi is an editor (Poetry magazine), teacher (University of Illinois at Chicago), and writer (magazines, newspapers, literary journals). He has also worked as a sometime chef, musician, photographer, and consultant.

Download the scholar’s essay, annotated book list, and supplementary texts (PDF). Please note: The American Library Association is the copyright owner of this essay and annotations. The credit lines embedded in the program materials and/or sponsor and funder logos must remain on all published (print and web) materials derived from these materials.

How-To Discussion Programming Guides

Developed to aid participants in “The Millennium Project for Public Libraries,” this how-to guide (PDF) provides basic information about developing and promoting book discussion programs.

When planning a “Let’s Talk About It” program, you may wish to consult the planner’s manual (PDF) for general how-to information about program format, selecting a scholar, promoting your series, evaluation, and more.