Take a Book to Work Week | Wyatt’s World

If you miss Career Day at your child’s school or wish instead of taking your child to the office, or that you could intern at someone else’s place for a day, pine no more. Nonfiction offers many opportunities to explore the work of others.

  • Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington (Random). Want to know what it was like to be a model in the 60s or to work with Anna Wintour now? Coddington is a forthright guide to the fashion industry.
  • Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur’s Tale of the World’s Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser) by Jayne Amelia Larson (Free: S.&S.). What is it like to be a limousine driver to some of the wealthiest people in the world? Larson explains her time with the Saudi royal family in this detailed and engaging memoir.
  • Memoir of the Sunday Brunch by Julia Pandl (Algonquin). Go behind the scenes of the restaurant life, and along the way dive into the rich and generous storytelling of Pandl’s memoir about a daughter, her father, and the family business.
  • Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky (Doubleday). Ever wonder what really goes on in your hotel room after you leave for the day? Or what happens behind-the-hotel-scenes? Tomsky is an observant escort.
  • A Bolt from the Blue: The Epic True Story of Danger, Daring, and Heroism at 13,000 Feet by Jennifer Woodlief (Atria: S.&.S.). The work of the Jenny Lake Rangers search-and-rescue team is highlighted in this high-stakes account of a 2003 rescue of an endangered climbing expedition on the Grand Teton.


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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net