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There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura
After burning out at her last job, a thirtysomething woman takes on temp gigs that require basically no thinking. She puts up posters. She punches entry tickets. She monitors a hidden-camera feed, writes bus ads, tucks trivia into packages of rice crackers. But she can’t quite detach herself completely: Each mundane job reveals moments of mystery, kindness and magic. This book is a total charmer.