I randomly came across Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher while browsing, and it was hilarious! Give it ten pages, and you will be hooked. The entire novel is basically letters of recommendation (LORs) that English Professor Jason Fitger has been asked to write. I never realized how much of a hassle this was for professors because I never really thought of the volume. Between current and former students trying to get awards, grants, jobs, or into grad school and colleagues wanting recommendations for awards or promotions, it seems like a ridiculous portion of the professor’s life is spent writing these LORs. I laughed out loud constantly with this book! I can imagine being in student services and the professor recommending a student for one of my available work study jobs by writing “the student has bona fide thoughts and knows how to apportion them into relatively grammatical sentences.” There is also a lot of “the office from hell” humor here: copy machines that never work right, constant construction on the floor above the English department, Professor Fitger’s office situated right next to the bathrooms with constantly flushing toilets when no one is in there, etc. Personally, one of my favorite letters was to the new head for the English Department advising against revising the department’s constitution. He recalls that the last time the department worked on it, they argued for weeks about the location of a semicolon, and a couple of faculty members ended up crying. Fast and funny read.