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What Should I Do with My Life?

(2002)
The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
A non fiction book by

 
In What Should I Do with My Life? Po Bronson manages to create a career book that is a page-turner. His 50 vivid profiles of people searching for "their soft spot--their true calling" will engage readers because Bronson is asking himself the same question. He explores his premise, that "nothing is braver than people facing up to their own identity," as an anthropologist and autobiographer. He tackles thorny, nuanced issues about self-determination. Among them: paradoxes of money and meaning, authorship and destiny, brain candy and novelty versus soul food. Bronson's stories, limited to professional people and complete with photos, are gems. They include a Los Angeles lawyer who became a priest, a Harvard MBA catfish farmer turned biotech executive, and a Silicon Valley real estate agent who opened a leather crafts factory in Costa Rica.

Bronson is a gifted intuitive writer, the bestselling author of The Nudist on the Late Shift, whose thoughtful, vulnerable voice emerges as the book's greatest strength and challenge. He describes his subject's lives along with the ways they annoy, puzzle, and worry him. He frets about meddling with his questions, yet once, memorably and appropriately, he offers a talented man a top post in his publishing company. While this creates the juiciness of his portraits, it also can make Bronson the book's most memorable character and the only one whose story is not resolved. Even so, this remarkable career chronicle sets the gold standard for the worth of the examined life. --Barbara Mackoff

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Hardback Editions

October 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: What Should I Do With My Life? The True Story Of People Who Answered The Ultimate Question
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-7862-5809-8 / 978-0-7862-5809-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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December 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: What Should I Do With My Life: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-375-50749-3 / 978-0-375-50749-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

November 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-345-48592-0 / 978-0-345-48592-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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January 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: What Should I Do With My Life?
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-09-943799-6 / 978-0-09-943799-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: What Should I Do With My Life?
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-09-946854-9 / 978-0-09-946854-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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December 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-375-75898-4 / 978-0-375-75898-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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February 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: What Should I Do With My Life?
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-436-20590-4 / 978-0-436-20590-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Secker
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2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: What Should I Do with My Life?
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-9657526-5-8 / 978-0-9657526-5-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Audio Editions

January 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: What Should I Do With My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-7435-2924-3 / 978-0-7435-2924-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What Should I Do With My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-7435-2925-1 / 978-0-7435-2925-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: What Should I Do With My Life?
Author(s): Po Bronson
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2002 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
Author(s): Po Bronson
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   



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