Dollars and Nonsense: Women at Work is a collection of creative nonfiction essays based on the personal experiences of Candace U. Grissom and the women in her family. Intended to be both truthful and humorous, the four essays each explore the challenges of a different occupation in which the author has been engaged. The first essay, “On Top of a Goldmine, But Still on the Ground,” describes lessons that the writer learned while working in her family’s jewelry store in a small Alabama town. Next, in “The Reluctant Advocate,” the author chronicles her unfulfilling legal career, including struggles with an overbearing senior partner at a law firm. In the third essay, “The Room Where Songs Go To Die,” the writer gives readers an insider’s look into the business side of Nashville’s Music Row. Last, in “Cruise of the Rolling Adjunct,” the author describes how her six years of teaching as a part-time adjunct instructor almost ruined her dream of becoming a college English professor. Culminating in an ending that is hopeful without being sentimental, Dollars and Nonsense shows how being a young working woman can be a difficult, yet rewarding, experience.