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Up All Night

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Who is out there in the dark while the rest of us sleep? In "Up All Night, Martha Gies profiles two dozen graveyard-shift workers and presents a rare insider's look at the unseen workers who keep our cities humming after dark.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Oregon State University Press (first published March 2004)
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Deb Morgan
Mar 04, 2013 Deb Morgan rated it it was ok
This collection had a few stories that I enjoyed but overall I skipped a lot of them. I enjoyed the ones about people in the medical field the most (shocker). It did remind me of a mini ethnography I had to do in college-the-first-time for an anthropology class where my friends and I visited a local bakery in the wee hours of the morning to interview them about their job. We went in the back door and the floor was slippery with donut grease. It became a bit of an addiction on many mornings. ...more
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Dec 31, 2014 Rogue Reader rated it really liked it
Wonderful writing about the night life of Portland, Oregon - street cleaners, mission workers, cops and ambulance drivers, dancers, hotelier -- and many more professions covered. Each chapter is a short narrative, with Gies' observations woven in. How fascinating to see the streets and neighborhoods where I walk during the day, transformed at dusk into something strangely familiar and unknown.

Thanks Gies for writing this work, and OSU Press for publishing it.

--Ashland Mystery

Jun 16, 2011 Sidra rated it it was ok
I admit, I didn't finish this book, so this is probably an unfair review, but as excited as I was to read this book and as wonderful as I thought the subject matter, this book left me a little flat. I expected to be drawn in emotionally to the lives of these "up all nighters" and just felt a bit disconnected.
Apr 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
This book is a very interesting look into not only the way "the other half" lives, but also nearly all aspects of that other half--the good, the bad, and the ugly, as it were. The night shift truly is a whole other world, and it's fun to read about. Though I can see that there are certain advantages to working at night, this book also is showing me that it's probably not my thing.
Mar 13, 2014 Taweewat rated it really liked it
I really like this book. You can see a lot going on through many people experiences for their night works. Some like it, some love it but some also hate it. Personal story is really interesting. However, there is no connection at all between each story making it less interesting and hard to finish once you go through half of the books.
Jun 06, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing
Martha Gies has written a very informative collection of short essays about working folks who work night shifts. Entertaining, and sometimes touching, I would recommend it to anyone who likes good non-fiction.
Jun 27, 2008 Lacey rated it it was ok
Hmmmmm. I really liked the idea of this book and enjoyed reading about the lives of these people who work all kinds of night jobs. But, I feel like the attempts at objectivity in the interviews and writings created a kind of sterility that was disappointing.
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