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New York is the city that never sleeps. This luminous book peels back the cover of darkness over the city as it hums along in the night, revealing a hidden world populated by the thousands of women and men who work and live the nightshift. Written with beauty and grace, Nightshift NYC weaves together cultural critique, vivid reportage, and arresting photographs to trace th ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published November 10th 2008 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 2008)
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Aug 08, 2010 Russ rated it really liked it
Quite simply, these are the stories of people who work the night shift in the New York City area. Most of the stories are really interesting and inspirational. Each worker has a different story, different reasons for working at night, and different coping strategies. Even so, there are similarities among all of these hardy individuals. Lack of sleep seems to be the largest theme. Reading this book will make you appreciate people who alter their natural body rhythms to work at night, either willi ...more
The book clarified, from the workers' point of view, the costs and the benefits of third shift - and the diverse circumstances that draw/force New Yorkers to work them. I wish the authors had moved beyond healthcare, diner, doorman, and taxi/transportation professions. I know many New Yorkers who work security, shipping and receiving, retail, clerical, phone service/operator, etc. positions overnight, and the book would have benefitted from a more thorough coverage of New York's diverse sectprs.
I guess it is only fitting that I am reviewing this book past midnight on a weekday. Great book. I love NYC. I loved working nightshifts in my youth. Never got to put the two together. I do miss the experiences of nightshift work. It is indeed a different world than the dayshift. This book brings back the memories of that those time for me. Very insightful and right on the mark.
i was fortunate enough to see these folks in a coffee house just down the street from my home. they tell a good story and can talk to (and about) just about anybody. the photos are lovely and you come away from the book feeling like you spent some time with lou reed back in the day. this is a good thing.
Cheryl Harris Sharman, MA, is a writer and researcher whose ethnographic and investigative writing on social inequalities health, housing, homelessness, poverty, race/ethnicity, gender, and labor has been published in the US, UK, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Her work has appeared in publications such as Scientific American Online, the Lancet, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cen ...moreMore about Russell Leigh Sharman...