The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use is my first book, published in 2009 by Running Press.

It’s job advice, based on my own rather dicey work history of 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities and four countries.

People ask how I am qualified to offer career guidance when it seems that I myself am not able to hold down a job and that is a very good question. However, in addition to the book, I blogged on careers for U.S. News & World Report for a couple years, and still write on the same topic every week for The Seattle Times.

Go figure.

Anyway, The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl is a fun book to give as a gift to a young woman about to enter the workforce, or to a less-young woman who enjoys reading about someone else’s problems.* Sample topics: why risk-taking is good, how to succeed because of (not in spite of) your faults, what to do when your co-workers are evil or crazy or both, and the very best way to find a job.

Lots more information, a whole web-site’s worth, can be found here.

*Actually the advice applies to everyone, males as well as females, but because the book’s design depends heavily on the color pink, it seems to skew feminine. Another way to put this? Only real men read Working Girl.