Stories of passion, courage, and commitment, following individuals as they pursue the work they were born to do, from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay
In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; some overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. Many of their stories have never been broadcast or published by StoryCorps until now.
We meet a man from the barrios of Texas whose harrowing experiences in a family of migrant farmers inspired him to become a public defender. We meet a longtime waitress who takes pride in making regulars and newcomers alike feel at home in her Nashville diner. We meet a young man on the South Side of Chicago who became a teacher in order to help at-risk teenagers like the ones who killed his father get on the right track. We meet a woman from Little Rock who helps former inmates gain the skills and confidence they need to rejoin the workforce. Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling. Their shared sense of passion, honor, and commitment brings deeper meaning and satisfaction to every aspect of their lives.
An essential contribution to the beloved StoryCorps collection, Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is magical. In this time of political drama it is so refreshing to read about people who love what they do and are not motivated by money. Their passion is contagious. Great graduation gift for those looking to find their CALLING.
I thoroughly enjoyed these little stories. My father is nearly 97 and having trouble reading now. I told him about the book and we can't wait for my next visit so I can read some to him. I interviewed my own family members in much this same way over recent years, so while these are not exactly my own stories, I related to each one and remembered my family as I read them. Great job. Very interesting.
I was sorry the book ended. What engaging stories - and what a tribute to hard working people the world might never have heard from without StoryCorps. Read it. Aspire to live it. Read it again!
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