Sunday, August 5, 2018

Review: The Shakespeare Requirement

The Shakespeare Requirement The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hilarious followup to Dear Committee Members. Should be required reading of all of us working in academia, for comic relief as we head into the fall semester (but read the first book first as they are consecutive).

The professor from the first novel has new responsibilities in this one, but is still trying to confront his failed relationship amidst these new challenges - these include losing access to the departmental conference room (as all rooms on campus are in the new campus scheduling system, omg is this about where I work?!), the encroaching imperialism of the Economics Department upstairs (who got renovated the previous year, with fancy carpet, espresso, and donor plaques), and worse, the writing on the wall seems to be the ultimate demise of his entire department.

I think anyone in academia will find a lot of familiar groans in this book. I was giggling in the corner the entire time.

Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC through through Edelweiss. It comes out August 14.

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