Schumacher, Julie. Dear Committee Members. Doubleday.
This book, an epistolary novel composed entirely of letters of recommendation written by a jaded but sincere English professor a good bit past his prime, is absolutely brilliant.
Not only (what would already be enough) did I laugh out loud more often than any book since reading Tom Sharpe's The Throwback over 20 years ago, but the book has a gently serious side as well, along with plenty of tasty verbal treats for those who enjoy puns and other wordplay.
The author, a professor of English at the University of Minnesota, clearly knows her topic.
A very enthusiastic hat tip to Helen Levy for recommending the book.
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