BiblioPile Press: When your career matters.

Book Reviews

I have always enjoyed reading about careers in novels. The following book reviews are new entries and samples from my recently published book Storybooks Careers: Learning about jobs through fiction, non-fiction and memoir.  This collection was personally read/reviewed by my co-author, Alison Beale, and me.They are divided into the six interest categories based on John Holland's theory of career and vocational choice: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional. To identify your Holland Code purchase your copy of Storybook Careers or visit O*Net Online at 

If you have a book you would like us to consider for inclusion, we welcome your suggestion. Just send the title, author and occupation



The Dive From Clausen's Pier, Ann Packer - Fiction

     When a diving accident leaves her fiancee a quadriplegic, Carrie must make the difficult decision to stay at his side or move on. Sewing is one way she copes with this tragedy and her talent helps her to move forward.  A trip to New York and a mysterious older man play an important part in her life decisions.



Animal Scientist

Gorillas in the Mist, Dian Fossey - Memoir

     This is the author's account of spending thirteen years in the African rain forest studying the rare mountain gorillas.  Her groundbreaking scientific reporting has helped scientists to understand man's closest primate relative. Her research and brutal death paved the way for government protection of this dwindling species.



Mao's Last Dancer, Li Cunxin - Memoir
          A memoir about a young boy growing up in China during the reign of Mao. The author is selected to become a dancer and is taken from his home and family to be trained as a ballet dancer in Beijing. At one point he has the opportunity to be an exchange student in Texas. This unforgettable experience encourages him to develop a dangerous plot to defect to the United States, leaving his family and prior life behind.


Non-profit Administrator/Women's Advocate

The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer - Fiction
        A victim of molestation at a college party, after graduation, Greer joins an non-profit organization that fights for women's right . But the lofty goals of her mentor and organization director, Faith Frank, are colored by politics, money and the disparate values of the generations.


Shop Owner
The Stubborn Season, Lauren Davis - Fiction
         This story takes place in Canada during the depression. Irene's father is a pharmacist who runs the local pharmacy and general store. His alcoholism ultimately leads to his death. Irene takes over the store operations and the care of her mother who is mentally ill. Neither is easy in these difficult econimic times. There is also an element of anti-Semitism that arises as Germany grows more powerful and war is eminent. This is a mother/daughter story of co-dependency and empowerment. 


The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane - Fiction
          Ruth is an elderly women living alone outside a small town by the sea in England. She is surprised by the appearance of an unexpected caregiver the government has seemingly sent to care for her. Frieda insinuates herself into Ruth's life in various ways which at first Ruth likes, but then things turn creepy. Frieda gradually moves into Ruth's house, interferes in a budding relationship with an old flame and stirs up some of Ruth's deepest fears.