"...[Dave Isay] presents his conversations with people--ages 10 to 90 from different backgrounds and geographical locations in the United States--who discuss what makes work meaningful for them...the first section, titled "Dreamers," features discussions with people engaged in unusual occupations, such as street corner astronomer or bridge-tender, or in more conventional ones like doctor or astronaut that have required great personal sacrifice and commitment. Inthesecond section, "Generations," people talk about their work in a historical context. A father and son, for example, discuss their work as firefighters and the pride they take in being part of a family tradition of saving lives, while a New York-based sculptor tells her ex-husband about the artist mother who became her "greatest muse." In the third section, "Healers," Isay interviews people like an oncology nurse and a public defender, who help restore everything from broken bodies to damaged social systems. Thefourth section, "Philosophers," features stories from individuals--such as the accountant-turned-lox-slicer whose work brought him unexpected Zen-like peace--who have developed especially unique perspectives on life through the work they do. In thefinal section, "Groundbreakers," the author provides stories about unsung professional pioneers...Thoughtfully organized and edited, each story is a reminder of the essential role work plays in the pursuit of human happiness."