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Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption Paperback – 30 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books; Reprint edition (30 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782793577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782793571
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,220,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This exploration of our desires, commercial and otherwise, and how we are manipulated by them and how we manipulate, reaches far beyond the shopping mall critique: Mr Appelbaum ranges from the highly intellectual social psychology and literary deconstruction to a highly personal narrative, with dramatic scenes of arrest and odd love encounters and vivid details from the United States, England, and France. Covering roughly 50 years, from 1960 till a few years ago, Working the Aisles paints a telling picture of the astounding economic and social changes of the half century. This is a very entertaining and at the same time melancholy and thoughtful novel-like trip into our ever-growing appetites. It should satisfy reading appetites of nearly everybody: rigorous scholars and those looking for a good and fresh story. Mr Appelbaum will keep you lively company for a couple of nights. You might even want to light a pipe. --Josip Novakovich, finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, author of April Fool's Day and Shopping for a Better Country

About the Author

Robert Appelbaum received his PhD from the University of Calfornia, Berkeley, and is currently Professor English Literature, Uppsala University, Sweden.

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