Working 9 to 5

By Sarah Yurch | October 27 2022 | Nonfiction

It seems like hardly a week goes by without the introduction of a buzzy term to encapsulate our evolving relationship with working. Since 2020, we’ve been talking about essential workers, remote work, working parents, the great resignation, unionization, quiet quitting, the gig economy, and how, despite all this talk of work, supposedly no one wants to work anymore.

With the cost of living still outpacing wage growth, many workers are dissatisfied with their prospects and experiencing unprecedented levels of burnout. So how are we to balance earning a living with, well, living?

Some folks are organizing their workplaces, calling for higher pay, opportunities to advance, more time off, and the ability to continue remote work.

Others see quiet quitting not as slacking off, but as establishing healthy boundaries between their jobs and the rest of their lives, refusing to take on additional responsibilities and work hours they aren’t being paid for.

Many have enrolled in graduate programs, presumably to embark on new career paths or boost earning potential. Increases in enrollment were highest among students of color.

Alternatively, most of us are taking some time away from work: more Americans are vacationing in 2022 than before the pandemic.

Whether the goal is labor organizing, optimizing productivity to have more leisure time, avoiding burnout, or getting a raise to try and stay ahead of inflation, these books speak to the challenges facing today’s labor force.

See a few selections below, or click here for the full title list.


The New Psychology of Success
An updated edition of the bestseller with over 1.7 million copies in print, with specific new information targeting parents, educators, coaches and business leaders.
$17.00 US
Dec 26, 2007
Ballantine Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Set Boundaries, Find Peace
A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself
End the struggle, speak up for what you need, and experience the freedom of being truly yourself.
$27.00 US
Mar 16, 2021
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men--and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life."Essential reading"--Bustle | One of Elle's "Best Books to Read in Spring 2019"
$17.00 US
Jan 07, 2020
Ballantine Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Getting Things Done
The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
A thoroughly revised edition of the blockbuster bestseller Getting Things Done, complete with all-new tips and tools for stress-free productivity in an ever-changing work environment.
$19.00 US
Mar 17, 2015
Penguin Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Making of a Manager
What to Do When Everyone Looks to You
Congratulations, you're a manager! After you pop the champagne, accept the shiny new title, and step into this thrilling next chapter of your career, the truth descends like a fog: you don't really know what you're doing.
$29.00 US
Mar 19, 2019
US, Canada, Open Mkt