I have just read what must be the funniest book of the summer

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher is a series of recommendation letters written by a midwestern college professor of English who is having a rough time in his life and not suffering in silence and who has a penchant for telling the truth. Laugh out loud lines in many letters – but some of them are rather poignant and he isn’t the curmudgeon he wants you to think he is as you discover at the end of the book – loved this book for both its humanity and its humor.

The professor reminds me a bit of the main character in Richard Russo’s Straight Man – one of my favorite comic novels.book1

One thought on “I have just read what must be the funniest book of the summer

  1. OK – another funny book – A Man Called OVE by Fredrik Backman which is a Swedish comic novel – and if you have read a lot of Scandinavian mysteries that might sound like an oxymoron. The man in the story is a true curmudgeon (with a heart of gold) who is totally change resistant. So I have to say that some of the changes he accepted by the end of the book seem unlikely but I didn’t care by the time I got there. I dropped this one in the AWESOME box because I thought it was both a fun read and a very touching story about a very lonely man.

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