A forthcoming book, reviewed in the new issue of the Economist, chronicles what work looks like for a considerable cross-section of us. In The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, British writer Alain de Botton lets us take a peek at working life for those employed in occupations perhaps unknown to us. The vast collection of jobs examined include cookie baker, accountant, painter, career counselor, and--yes--even rocket scientist. But through this process the author digs deeper to consider the underlying meaning of work.
The book also contains more than 100 photographs by photographer Richard Baker. Be sure to check out this gallery of images that did not make it into the book.