Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work [Paperback]
A friend put me on to this one and I am so glad he did. The author holds a PhD, but chooses to work as a motorcycle mechanic rather than at his former job, which was in a think tank. His exploration of the meaning of work is especially touching nowadays as America exports its once-safe office jobs to other places. Mr. Crawford is a philosopher with grease under his nails. This is an important book and I urge you to read it.