It took me over half the book to realize why halliday’s voice was so familiar. I realized, with a start, that I regularly read her column in Bust magazine about her life in NY with small, mouthy children. Job Hopper is definitely pre Inky and Milo (her kids). Popped out into the brutal world with only a theater degree, halliday needed to support herself. Written in short story format, halliday recounts the funny and often weird circumstances she found herself in trying to earn a paycheck. From waitress to clerk at an import store in a ghetto to nude model, none of her jobs are that out there. However, her description of fellow workers and the politics that accompany any job are amusing and engaging and very familiar.