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When the author, a journalist and a professor of English, reached age 62, he realized that his retirement income was too small to live on. So he started going to the nearby labor hall of a temporary day labor company, which sent him to various assignments: working at a construction site, driving cars at a used car auction lot, moving furniture at a college dormitory, standing with a flag while others were doing road repairs, painting steel widgets at a factory. As a rule, the workers were the pe...more
This is an interesting book about day laborers - a part of our society that most people don't think much about even though we are totally dependent on the work they do. Mr Reavis, a college English professor, worked as a day laborer and documented his experiences. Sometimes he gets so caught up in describing detail that his narrative gets a bit tedious, however, this is one of those books that will change forever the way a reader views those often faceless people who do the hardest and dirtiest...more
Catching Out: The Secret World of Day Laborers by Dick J. Reavis (Simon & Shuster 2010) 331.544 is about life at a temp agency for the unskilled laborer. The author, who is actually a professor at North Cqarolina State University, spent months working through a temporary labor agency, and this is the story of the work he found, the conditions, and the company. Eye opening! 6/10. finished 2/14/11.