Save the Assistants: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace – Book Review


Last night I finished a book that I had around for years. It is not that the book wasn’t good, I just never started reading it until a week ago.

The book is written by Lilit Marcus, and she talks about life as an assistant from all its aspects. From office supplies to evil bosses to coworkers and your plan to move to a better job. She was an assistant herself, that’s why she talks about her experiences, once she got out of the company she worked for (and hate), she co-founded the website (which appears it’s no longer existent) a website for all the assistants to blow off. Later she was an editor of She wrote her first book Save the Assistants in 2010.

What’s the book about?

This book breaks every secret of being an assistant, helps you get through it by examining everything (it even has a Bossary, a glossary about bad bosses) and eventually encourages you to have the best you can get and the life that you actually want. All wrapped up in very ironic and dynamic writing. The book takes you on a tour through an assistant’s life and makes reading it amusing with all the real-life little stories she has as examples.



I have never been an assistant but I could relate to most of the book. I now have some new ideas and ways to look at things (work-related) that will help me to get going. So, yes. I recommend this book to anyone, but if you’re an assistant or have an assistant or you are going to be one, definitely read it, it could be your new bible. I read this book in less than a week, so it would make a good gift for anyone because it’s what we call light-reading.


I’m sure you can find it at Amazon or Barnes&Noble’s, the price goes from 8,95€ (that’s how much it costed me) to 17.99$.


Hope you liked this review. Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read the book or if you plan on reading it.


Have a nice Sunday. I will come back with another post on Wednesday.

Judith xx


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