Here are two books that come to mind about employment. Although they are both written by British authors, in their own way they celebrate Work.
A Month in the Country (1980) by J.L. Carr - I read this quite a few years ago. It is the story of a World War I veteran who is hired to uncover and restore a centuries-old mural in a country church in Northern England. The book captures the essence of summer in the 1920's countryside and is about much more than work. I see that it was made into a movie starring Colin Firth which means it now goes on my Films To See List.
One Pair of Hands (1939) by Monica Dickens - A totally different look at labor by the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. This is a tale of her brief experiences 'below the stairs' as cook and housemaid in London. It is a very funny book. I own this one. Her encounters with her upper-class employers, the tradesmen who show up at the back door, and her fellow domestics are hilarious.
Here is her attempt at her first - and last - meal for a Miss Cartermole and guests:
...it dawned on me more and more that high-class cooking lessons are all very well, but a little practical experience is necessary, too, in order to cope with the vicissitudes that crop up in the kitchen.
I made the fruit salad first. That was quite easy, as all I had to do was cut up fruit and mess it together in a bowl. After a bit, I got tired of scraping the pith off oranges, and I also caught sight of the time, so I pushed the rest, all stringy, to the bottom of the dish, and rushed the pheasants into the oven. Then I washed the vegetables sketchily, and put them on to cook. Feverishly, I opened the tins of lobster. When I came to from the agonized delirium of a torn thumb, I was confronted with the problem of how on earth one made lobster cocktail. I started to make them into a sticky mess with some tomato, thinned down with a little of my life-blood. At this critical point the mistress of the house careered into the kitchen in full feather.