Publishers Weekly:
The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use
Karen Burns. Running, $14.95 (288p) ISBN 9780762433483
In a disclaimer, Burns makes it clear she is “not an expert in the field of work. Or in any other field.” Her credentials are nonetheless impressive: 40 years of dedicated work in 59 different jobs across America and Europe (listed in a handy appendix, from Minnesota paperboy to Versailles “disciplinarian” to Kirkland, Washington artist). With a seemingly endless supply of experiences, Burns unveils a flurry of short pieces, each designed to illuminate a single point in the galaxy of employment options, obstacles, aggravations and accidents. Divided into three sections—“Clueless,” “Confident” and “Carefree”—Burns looks at standard issues like interviewing and resume writing (“Bad news: You can write the perfect resume, but you can’t make ’em read it. More bad news: You have to write the perfect resume anyway”), but also the health hazards of gainful employment, three easy steps for dealing with mistakes, juggling multiple jobs, and operating outside of your element. Burns is encouraging and funny, but also a hard-nosed pragmatist who isn’t about to do the work for you—but neither is she going to waste your time with pages of condescending instruction. Instead, her snappy chapters provide perspective and action points for a cascade of work conditions, indexed helpfully in multiple appendices. (Apr.)


Seattle’s Best Croissant: The Buttery Hunt was On,” by Eve M. Tai, 24 April 2011, Seattle Times (nothing to do with jobs or work but if you like croissants and you live in Seattle, you should check it out!)

Interview Dos and Don’ts,” by Alicia Cohn, 8 March 2011, The Hill

Job Success Could Depend on Managing Your Manager,” by Tara Dooley, 28 June 2010, Houston Chronicle (not a review of book, but a helpful article with some nice quotes)

Books as Mentors,” by Katie Tynan, January 2010, Seattle Woman Magazine

Shelf Improvement: Books and Media Produced by Alumni, Staff and Faculty,” December 2009, ASU Magazine: The official publication of Arizona State University

Sheboygan Native Publishes Book Offering Advice to Working Women,” 13 September 2009, Sheboygan Press

Kirkland Author Offers Real-Life Romp Through the Job Market,” by Barbara Lloyd McMichael, 6 July 2009, Bellingham Herald (a substantial review that also appeared in The Olympian and the Kitsap Sun)

“Working Girl,” Inside Scoop section of 425 Magazine, July/August 2009

Karen Burns Dishes on Her Book, The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl,” by Blythe Lawrence.  7 May 2009, Seattle Times

Jack of 59 Trades Turns Experience into First Book,” by Carrie Wood.  15 April 2009, Kirkland Reporter


Required Career Reading: The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl,” by ASU Alumni Blog, January 2011

Career Books for Working Women,” by Gina Covell Maddox, Associated Content, 12 May 2010

Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl,” by Ted Henkle, “Stern-Rake Studio,” 7 February 2010

Best Business Books of 2009,” by Dick Fairfield, “About Business” blog, 29 December 2009

Gifts for the Working Girl,” Marie Claire Magazine chose 16 appropriate gifts for working women and included “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl”

The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use,” by Miriam Keppie, Keppie Careers, 29 September 2009

Working Girl Reads ‘The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl’,” the Working Girl Blog, 29 July 2009

The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl,” Crave Party, CraveCrush, 24 July 2009

The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl,” The Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review, July 2009

How to Cope With a Disrespectful Coworker,” by Amanda Ford, eHow Expert in Relationships. (Not a review per se, but an awfully nice mention!)

How to be Respected at Work,” by Amanda Ford, eHow Expert in Relationships.  (Ditto.)

Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl (Karen Burns),” by Matt Youngquist.  17 May 2009, Career Horizons: The Blog!

After 59 Jobs, a Book for Working Girls (and Boys),” by Jay Friedman. 6 May 2009, Seattlest

Time to Reinvent Your Career? Two Events That Can Help,” by Michelle Goodman. 6 May 2009, Nine to Thrive, NWJobs

10 Burning Questions for Karen Burns, Working Girl,” by Ronnie Ann, Work Coach Café.  28 April 2009

Author Q&A: Karen Burns, The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl,” by Debra Eckerling.  28 April 2009, Write On! Online

59 Jobs!  The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl,” by Tim Tyrell-Smith.  17 April 2009, Spin Strategy

Amazing Career Advice,” by Charlene Kingston.  8 April 2009, From the Crow’s Nest

The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, Karen Burns,” 1 April 2009, Ms. Career Girl

The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl,” by Paula Russell.  26 January 2009, Paula’s Book Talk