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The Pursuit of Other Interests by Jim Kokoris
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Nov 30, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in December, 2009

This was a fabulous, timely book -- alternately humorous and poignant -- with a searing inside look at what it means to have spent most of your adult life in presentations and airports and suddenly to be unemployed.

Charlie Baker -- the CEO of a major Chicago ad agency and the creator of an infamous airline commercial featuring Paula Abdul and a talking rodent -- is unceremoniously dumped from his position. The novel centers on his days at an outplacement firm where he mingles with a motley group of ex-corporate executives who are struggling to emotionally survive, and his hours at home with his estranged wife and monosyllabic son. He is a stranger in a strange land at both places; he's spent so much time making a living he's forgotten to make a life.

I loved this book with its rich two-dimensional characters who could have walked off the pages. It's perfect for the times and is a "must read."
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