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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Dear Committee Members

Dear Committee Members - Julie Schumacher

As the title might suggest, this is an epistolary novel, told in the form of letters from a harried professor of English and creative writing at a mid-level liberal arts college in the U.S. mid-west.


Many are letters of recommendation for current or former students, whom he remembers to varying degrees (not to mention recommends to varying degrees).  Others are addressed to ex-wife or ex-girlfriend (both at the university), his literary agent, his department chair (a sociologist), or the university.  (Big beefs include the English department's lack of budget for practically anything - including hiring to replace, IT support, or student stipends - and particularly the issue of building renovation.  The building is shared by English and economics.  It is being renovated, complete with various leaks, collapses, and asbestos particles - the economists have been moved elsewhere, while the English faculty must remain in the squalor.)


I found this an amusing read, particularly as I grew up around academic departments - my parents are English professors - and many of these details ring true, but made funnier, here.  (For example, I can remember when one local English department was gifted with a new department chairman - a professor of agriculture - and another that was not allowed to make phone calls, due to a budget crisis.)  I'm not sure how funny it would be to someone who doesn't have that kind of background, however.