Dear Committee Members

Dear Committee Members cover imageDear Committee Members

by Julie Schumacher
General Fiction
Anchor Press
Paperback, 192 pages
$14.95

On a lighter note, one of our neighbors down in the Twin Cities has just been awarded the 2015 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her book – Dear Committee Membersis a hilarious compendium of letters of recommendation from the halls of academia. Schumacher is the first woman to have won the Thurber – other recent recipients include Jon Stewart, David Sedaris and Calvin Trillin – and this time even both runners-up are women – Roz Chast for her memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Annabelle Gurwitch for I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge. Failed novelist and tired academic, Professor Jason Fitger, is our anti-hero who provides a year’s worth of his recommendation letters for colleagues, students and even former wives and lovers. It’s a nice combination of comedy underlying social criticism and righteous outrage. Very, very funny!