Work Wont Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone Audiobook, by Sarah Jaffe Play Audiobook Sample

Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone Audiobook

Work Wont Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone Audiobook, by Sarah Jaffe Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Sarah Jaffe Publisher: Bold Type Books Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549187407

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78:35 minutes

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39:45 minutes

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64:58 minutes

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A deeply-reported examination of why "doing what you love" is a recipe for exploitation, creating a new tyranny of work in which we cheerily acquiesce to doing jobs that take over our lives.

You're told that if you "do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life." Whether it's working for "exposure" and "experience," or enduring poor treatment in the name of "being part of the family," all employees are pushed to make sacrifices for the privilege of being able to do what we love.

In Work Won't Love You Back, Sarah Jaffe, a preeminent voice on labor, inequality, and social movements, examines this "labor of love" myth—the idea that certain work is not really work, and therefore should be done out of passion instead of pay. Told through the lives and experiences of workers in various industries—from the unpaid intern, to the overworked teacher, to the nonprofit worker and even the professional athlete—Jaffe reveals how all of us have been tricked into buying into a new tyranny of work.

As Jaffe argues, understanding the trap of the labor of love will empower us to work less and demand what our work is worth. And once freed from those binds, we can finally figure out what actually gives us joy, pleasure, and satisfaction.

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“An extremely timely analysis of how we arrived at these brutal inequalities and of some of the ways in which a deliberately atomised workforce is beginning to organize to challenge them.”

— The Guardian (London) 


  • “By pulling apart the myth that work is love, Jaffe shows us that we can reimagine futures built on care, rather than exploitation.”

    — Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Jaffe is clear-eyed about all the ways employers exploit workers’ goodwill, but…she has also seen how workers use love to their advantage in organizing.”

    — New Republic
  • “Jaffe’s exhaustive research, expressed in crisp and lucid sentences, is served well by her high-quality narration.”

    — AudioFile
  • “A stunning critique of capitalism, a collective conversation on the meaning of life and work, and a discerning contribution to the demands of the future society everyone deserves.”

    — Jane McAlevey, author of A Collective Bargain
  • “Jaffe’s committed, on-the-ground engagement, historical range, and ferocious gathering of revolutionary thought combines to create something genuine and profound.”

    — Jordy Rosenberg, author of Confessions of the Fox


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

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About Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe is the author of Necessary Trouble and Work Won’t Love You Back. She is a Nation Institute fellow and an independent journalist covering labor, economic justice, social movements, politics, gender, and pop culture. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, The Week, American Prospect, and many other publications.