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Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation

Author: Harvey Pekar

Year Published: 2009

Description: In 1974, Studs Terkel's Working shined a light on both the joys and hardships experienced by America's workers. Thirty-five years later, Harvey Pekar (of American Splendor fame) adapted its compelling testimonies into comic book form. This black and white graphic version puts faces to the book's diverse voices—which range from farmer to garbage collector to professional baseball player—along the way reinforcing the original's conclusion that, even absent pleasure, work is the center of most people's lives, providing a shared sense of dignity and purpose.

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'Minn's about all the work here, outside highway work or farmin' a little. My father started workin' in the mines when he was eleven years old.'

Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation

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