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Fred Grimes — pseudonym for journalist David Freed — is a recently unemployed factory worker looking for a ”great job,” and preferably one he’s entirely unqualified for. So the hapless, big-dreaming bloke offers his services as fashion model to Calvin Klein, errand boy to Barbara Eden, bodyguard to the Clintons’ cat, and dozens more oddball positions — with all correspondence, including grave rejection letters, compiled in Dear Ernest and Julio: The Ordinary Guy’s Search for the Extraordinary Job. An affable effort that deserves the praise bestowed by the director of the U.S. Mint: ”Thank you for your entertaining letter.” B

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