MACo Book Club to Consider “The Good Enough Job” at Winter #MACoCon

MACo’s “good government” Book Club will renew in December – with a book called The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life from Work. Join us for the conference and this discussion, with a free advance copy of the book.

At the MACo Winter Conference, county officials and other guests can join a discussion on a book affecting public service and best practices as officials, employees, and colleagues. The selection for December 2023 is The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life from Work, by Simone Stolzoff.

From the synopsis on the reader-driven website Good Reads:

A challenge to the tyranny of work and a call to reclaim our lives from its clutches.

From the moment we ask children what they want to “be” when they grow up, we exalt the dream job as if it were life’s ultimate objective. Many entangle their identities with their jobs, with predictable damage to happiness, wellbeing, and even professional success.

In The Good Enough Job , journalist Simone Stolzoff traces how work has come to dominate Americans’ lives—and why we find it so difficult to let go. Based on groundbreaking reporting and interviews with Michelin star chefs, Wall Street bankers, overwhelmed teachers and other workers across the American economy, Stolzoff exposes what we lose when we expect work to be more than a job. Rather than treat work as a calling or a dream, he asks what it would take to reframe work as a part of life rather than the entirety of our lives. What does it mean for a job to be good enough?

Through provocative critique and deep reporting, Stolzoff punctures the myths that keep us chained to our jobs. By exposing the lies we–and our employers–tell about the value of our labor, The Good Enough Job makes the urgent case for reclaiming our lives in a world centered around work.

Read more on Goodreads.

Best of all, if you’re coming to the Winter Conference, and would like to take part in this discussion – your copy of the book is free, if you are among the first 20 to respond!

MACo is grateful for the ongoing support and sponsorship from J.P. Morgan, which has made possible the delivery of free advance copies. Their support for, and contributions to, each renewal of the Book Club has greatly advanced this multi-year conference offering.

Not registered yet for the conference? Register now, and make your hotel plans soon!

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake in Dorchester County, Maryland on December 6-8.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties