Dick J. Reavis' "Catching Out: The Secret World of Day Laborers"

Dick J. Reavis' "Catching Out: The Secret World of Day Laborers"

Author: 
Dick J. Reavis

Blurb: "A first-person dispatch from the bottom rung of the American ladder, the world where six bucks an hour is great work if you can get it. Dick Reavis worked side by side with people most of us see right through. Clear-eyed and tough-minded in its portrayal of their fatigue, desperation, and hoelessness, it's also a powerful testament to their dignity, humor, and humanity. Memorable characters, invisble no more. - William Broyles, Jr."

Book Excerpt: 
"I am sixty-three. For thirty years I was a carefree, adventuresome, and stubborn reporter. Seeing retirement on the horizon, I left journalism five years ago for an academic job that came with a defined benefit retirement plan. But since Social Security and the retirement pension that I'll receive won't save me from want, two years ago, even before clouds appeared on the nation's economic horizon, I began to look for ways to supplement my old-age income. "Working as a Walmart greeter is not for me. I am temperamentally and philosophically unfit for a role as Mr. Nice. But for a guy whose resume admits to only journalistic and academic jobs, I've always known more than I should about blue-collar work because I grew up around it.. . . ."
Year of Publication: 
Fri, 2010-01-01
Rights Information: 
copyright, Dick J. Reavis
City of Publication: 
New York City
Book Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster