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

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

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 nurse, 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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  • Ang

    The first half of this book was absolutely riveting. The second half was...not as riveting. I don't know if it's because the author REALLY had a clear thesis in the first half of the book (and the aca...

  • Tintin

    To summarize: work is terrible. Love is too precious to be wasted on work. Neoliberalism is a likely culprit for a lot of our labour-related discontents. Unionizing and a complete overhaul of how work...

  • Emmett

    *I received a free ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Work Won't Love You Back felt like it could have been so much more. While the first half of the book was cohesive and ...

  • Paige McLoughlin

    The age of masculine breadwinner factory employees as the main image of the working class is no longer. The working class is more feminine in helping, education, childcare, health, retail, hospitalit...

  • Micah

    I'll be discussing this book on January 27 at 8 PM EST with the author Sarah Jaffe and Chicago teacher Kenzo Shibata. You can watch it either live or afterwards here....

  • Jolene

    This is the easiest five-star rating I've given in a long time. While listening to every chapter, I thought, THIS is the one! THIS chapter makes the book! When I review this on Goodreads, I need to re...

  • Julien

    Work Won't Love You Back is a timely absolutely vital addition to the discussion on late stage capitalism and its discontents. It is a blend of the personal stories of individuals working in the carin...

  • Joy Matteson

    An intense deep dive into our ideas and ideals about work in a capitalist society. It's frankly rather brutal to read at times, but also deeply important. It's also rather surreal to read about her st...

  • Shannon Paige

    This book is a compilation of the working lives of homemakers, teachers, retail workers, nonprofit staff, artists, interns, college professors, techies, and professional athletes in developed countrie...

  • Jessica

    Engaging journalistic style writing, with citations!Labor activism + social justice!I didn't entirely read this in order, and it worked out fine. The chapters do kind of build on each other but they a...