Now for the Disappointing Part A Pseudo-Adult’s Decade of Short-Term Jobs, Long-Term Relationships, and Holding Out for Something Better By Steven Barker
True stories from the world of temporary employment for anyone terrified of being stuck in a job they hate.

When Steven Barker was twelve, his father, in pursuit of the American Dream, moved the family from Canada to Connecticut, having worked his way up from an IBM mailroom to landing a vice president position in a top computer factory. Steven, in contrast, has followed the philosophy of “quit everything until you find something you don’t want to quit,” and has spent over fifteen years as a contract employee, a demographic that has come to make up 2 percent of the nation’s work force. Now for the Disappointing Part is the first collection of essays written for the temp workers of the millennial generation—those who, by choice or circumstance, delay or abandon plans for long-term careers for the variety (and anxiety) of contract work.

Funny, insightful, and sometimes shocking, Barker details his life moving from job to job as his contracts expire. He faces abuse as an account manager at Amazon when callers assume he’s in India. He learns about office politics at a nonprofit. And he attends an open call at UPS for holiday help. The chapters explore issues ranging from financial instability to how gender and race play into the workforce to the (often poor) treatment temporary employees receive compared to full-time employees performing the same job. Throughout Barker also reveals his parallel relationships with women, which, like the jobs he works, appear to have predetermined expiration dates.

Now for the Disappointing Part is more than the stories of a man who thinks life is too short to spend forty hours a week doing something you hate. It will resonate with a generation of people who are struggling to find work, stability, and happiness, and are afraid of losing all of them.
TitleNow for the Disappointing Part
SubtitleA Pseudo-Adult’s Decade of Short-Term Jobs, Long-Term Relationships, and Holding Out for Something Better
AuthorBy Steven Barker
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published1 November 2016
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
"Steven Barker writes beautifully and hilariously and I can't decide whether I love him or hate him for it. More importantly, he is a hero to me and everyone else who refuses go along with the plan. I am trying to figure out a way to end this blurb by making it more about me than him, but I can't even bring myself to do it because Now for the Disappointing Part is so damn good I just want everyone to buy it, read it, and force everyone they know to do the same." —Dave Hill, author of Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore

"A charming page-turner of a memoir, Now for the Disappointing Part winningly anatomizes the lifestyle of the late bloomer. But its essays amount to more than just a tale of boxed Mac 'n' Cheese, failed romantic relationships, and miserable short-term jobs. Throughout, Barker crafts a sensitive and principled argument in defense of an undervalued and disposable workforce. The result is an honest, self-aware, and funny tale of millennial malaise." —Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch: One Woman's Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment

"Before our so-called share/freelance economy emerged as necessity, some of us never fit in to the 9-to-5 grind. Barker's visceral struggle to find the color of his parachute shows he paid his dues and earned his right to claim the title 'writer.'" —Shawna Kenney, author of I Was a Teenage Dominatrix

"For those unfamiliar with the culture of temp work, Barker's book is a good, funny introduction. He repeatedly finds himself in absurd situations that are a curious blend of banal and mortifying. . . . Those moments in Disappointing Part when he acknowledges that his employers make billions of dollars a year yet they claim that they can't afford to hire full-time content writers are when the book really comes alive." —Paul Constant, Seattle Review of Books

"Now for the Disappointing Part is full of lessons, but it ain't your father's HR book." —Journal Record

"Now for the Disappointing Part is timely. . . . Barker's essays are honest, and many offer humorous insights. The witty lines were so sudden that I found myself laughing out loud—sometimes in public." —Hippocampus magazine

"Although it has a Beverly Hills tour-of-the-stars'-homes briskness to it, Barker's is a competent book that benefits from a direct and conversational approach. One of his strengths as a first-time memoirist is his ability to sufficiently distance himself from the emotional core of the content and remain cool, detached, and objective." —At the Inkwell
ISBNs: 9781510710825 978-1-5107-1082-5 Title: now for the disappointing part category:HUM ISBNs: 9781510710849 978-1-5107-1084-9 Title: now for the disappointing part category:HUM 
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