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"M. L. Liebler is the poet laureate of America’s working class. The collection he has assembled rings out with truth, intensity and love. In a world full of despair, it is comforting to have writers so gifted and generous singing our song of rebellion and hope. This book is the kind of spark we need these days—a rich, intense and inspiring collection for and about those wh ...more
Paperback, 470 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Coffee House Press (first published October 1st 2010)
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Sheri Fresonke Harper
M.L.Lieber did a fine job of putting together this collection of contemporary American authors on the subject of the working life. His short piece included in this volume is amusing and features the loca bar, his poems deep.

The short stories all show pure grit and endurance. This is work at it's most heartbreaking, where the worker lives on the edge and may or may not make it past the job interview or strike or layoff. I read my first Willa Cather story, most of the others ring with the truth t
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Mark Oppenlander
This book is a compilation of short pieces on work, working people and the struggle of the labor movement. It contains poetry, song lyrics, essays and memoirs covering about 150 years of American life. While by very design, the piece is uneven, there are a number of gems in here and despite the 500+ page length, I found myself turning the pages of this one quite quickly.

My one disappointment was how little faith or philosophy was represented. The essays and memoirs of Dorothy Day from the Cathol
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Stephany
Jan 05, 2011 Stephany rated it it was amazing
Though I'm far from finished, Ben Hamper's introduction and the table of contents are riveting (no working-class pun intended). M.L. Liebler's selection skills have already increased my respect for those who are editors of collections vs. "authors."
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Jul 06, 2013 Cheryl Head rated it it was amazing
A wonderful compilation of short stories, essays, poetry all about work and the worker. I have bookmarked a lot of favorites.
Liz
Feb 07, 2011 Liz marked it as to-read
Professor Liebler was kind enough to give me a signed copy of his latest book collaboration as a Christmas present.
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