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Piven is an author with a proven track record; his Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks have sold more than 1 million copies. Fascinating, inspiring, and instructional stories for everyone who dreams of escaping the everyday in a dangerous, exciting, or bizarre job. Piven is well known to viewers of Today, Montel, The View, Dateline NBC, 20/20, Geraldo, and all of the maPiven is an author with a proven track record; his Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks have sold more than 1 million copies. Fascinating, inspiring, and instructional stories for everyone who dreams of escaping the everyday in a dangerous, exciting, or bizarre job. Piven is well known to viewers of Today, Montel, The View, Dateline NBC, 20/20, Geraldo, and all of the major news channels....

Title : The Escape Artists: True Stories of People Who Turned Their Obsessions Into Professions
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ISBN : 9780071479264
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 253 Pages
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The Escape Artists: True Stories of People Who Turned Their Obsessions Into Professions Reviews

  • Michael Randazzo
    2020-01-26 21:06

    Joshua Piven's The Escape Artists: True Stories of People Who Turned Their Obsessions into Professions came out in 2007 and is a New York Times best seller. The book went into great description about people with a unique interest and who decided to follow their dreams. As I was reading, it felt as if I was interviewing these people about their given profession. I found these people's stories fascinating in many ways. One of the things I like most was the story of a comedian who lived in Alabama and was of Asian decent, Henry Cho. Many of his jokes were about how he didn't exactly fit in with the people and culture of Knoxville, Tennessee. For example, Cho says, " When I was born in 1961, the Asian population in Knoxville consisted of five people: My parents, my two older sisters, and me."(Piven 169). This made me realize that Cho's perspective must have been very different from the other people in Knoxville. This ultimately shaped his experiences in a distinct way and made him who he is. He couldn't have been a successful comedian without this unique perspective. He also defines himself as a comedian and his identity is shaped by his job. I recommend this book to anyone who has a unique passion but doesn't believe that it can be a legitimate career. I think the book can relate to many people of all ages. This book has the potential to alter your perspective and give you the courage to follow your dreams.

  • Ronni
    2020-02-19 19:47

    This is my "read at lunch" book at work; I can dream, can't I? Some of the essays are more interesting than others, but I am always envious of people who manage to escape the drudgery of every day life.

  • Joey
    2020-01-26 02:56

    The Escape Artist by Joshua Piven was not your ordinary book on the book shelves. Escape artist is a very entertaining book that takes you through the lives of these so called "escape artist." When Joshua Piven wrote this book it was to inspire young people and old to find a job or passion in life that you truly love. When Joshua refers to escape artist he is talking about everyday people that changed their life by escaping there old boring jobs to find something they truly enjoy. This book is full of people's biographies that interested me and will most likely interest you.This book will get attention from the start wether it's taking you through a baseball players life or a science freak. In the book the first person he talks about was someone into sci if I can't recall who I read the book weeks ago but the guy said something along the lines of sci fi was what I loved since s kid so once I realized that's what I loved I dropped what I was doing to pursue my interest. This is a perfect example of what every American should be thinking go for what you love and what you are interested in.Being an American plays a big role allowing these young power hungry men and woman to turn there obsessions into a life long job. Americans are in a unique situation where they can choose there jobs and hobbies in other countries your chooses are minimized. Plus why wouldn't you want to be an American? We have the most unhealthy food in the entire world! These escape artists used there freedom to best of there ability making there lives successful. I would recommend this book to almost anyone but more to people who are young and not sure what they wanna do when your older. You don't have to be a doctor like your father nor do you have to be a cook like your mother. Turn what you like into your life long job and don't sit behind a desk unless you love it!

  • Shaun
    2020-01-30 00:50

    This is a book about people who took their passion and made a career of it. The book was just okay at first, but then I got into it. There was a story about a high school pitcher who aspired to play in the Major Leagues, but it didn't really work out. I liked how it told true stories about real people and they all didn't turn out with happy endings. Some ended in divorce or failure, but I thought it was a worthwhile quick read.

  • Liz Greenwood
    2020-02-16 02:00

    No, this book does not offer any clear-cut answers about how to become an, "escape artist", but it never intends to do that. "But if you picked up this book, my guess is you're looking less for easy answers and more for ideas and examples," (p. 239) and that it does in a varied and interesting manner. The focus is on these people and their stories.

  • Kevin
    2020-02-12 18:46

    This book tells the stories of a bunch of different people who are working in non-traditional jobs, or doing traditional occupations in a non-traditional way (none of them work in cubicles) Most of them pursued their chosen occupations because they enjoyed it, not because of money. In fact, none of them seem to have gotten rich. I guess the theme of the book is "do what you enjoy doing".

  • Michael
    2020-02-03 20:05

    This seems like an attempt to milk previous work. It's not very useful, and some of the stories don't even relate successes (the minor league baseball player who never makes it to the majors? C'mon.) After 80 pages, I don't plan on finishing it. And I don't plan on picking up another book by Josh Piven either.

  • Michelle
    2020-01-26 22:08

    I wasn't particularly drawn in by this book, though it was written in a pretty light, entertaining fashion. I guess because these people did what they liked, but barely made a living. It's not a surprise to me that you can do what you love and not pay the bills, or barely pay the bills. It would surprise me if you could do what you love and make tons of money for it.

  • Lynnea
    2020-02-21 18:48

    I just couldn't get into this book - very dry, in my opinion.

  • Bree
    2020-02-04 02:57

    An interesting read - some essays were more interesting than others, and it was nice to see a mix of physical and non-physical labor, along with omen in non-traditional occupations/ callings.

  • Caryn
    2020-02-05 22:42

    So far, looks good! Who wouldn't want to escape the 9 to 5?!

  • SunnyD
    2020-02-14 00:12

    mildly interesting. gig was much better.

  • Jen
    2020-02-20 22:01

    meh

  • Lori Grant
    2020-01-21 23:51

    A should-read book on how to have passion in work.