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The book of jobs

Baby boomers working today may not necessarily be considering retirement. They may be ready for an encore.

"Encore" careers — jobs that feed middle-aged workers' passions but may be in completely different fields than their lifelong professions — were the founding principle behind California think tank Civic Ventures, last year renamed The nonprofit was formed in 1997 to encourage people age 55 and older to engage in volunteer or salaried work that gives them purpose and meaning.

Then a radical idea, it's become a movement embraced by 9 million boomers, according to And the just-published "The Encore Career Handbook" (Workman Publishing, $15.99 paperback) can show others the way.

Author Marci Alboher, a vice president at, will appear at Books and Books in Coral Gables today to discuss how this nuts-and-bolts guide can help worker bees reinvent themselves for society's greater good.

Among the topics Alboher will cover: how to transition to an encore career, how much you'll need to make, and the pros and cons of returning to school. She will be joined by Cindy Krischer Goodman, a business journalist who writes the nationally syndicated column "The Work Life Balancing Act."

The free presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. Call 305-442-4408 or go to or 954-356-4295

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