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The acerbic diary of a grumpy old rock star, his dysfunctional band and the reunion tour from hell… get onboard for a brutal laugh riot!
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And this one: Campus Confidential by Sid Stark. Here’s the blurb:
During one of the worst years on record in the academic job market, newly-minted PhD Rowena Halley has, against all odds, gotten a job. For one semester. At poverty wages. In New Jersey. But with so many of her fellow PhDs bagging groceries—or worse—instead of teaching Russian, this is the best chance she has.
New jobs come with a lot of stress, everyone knows that. But Rowena has more problems than just learning her way around a new campus and convincing all these Yankees that yes, she really is from Georgia. Tensions in the department are high, her family wants to know when she’s going to get a decent job and a decent man, and her ex-boyfriend is as usual in trouble with the Russian government. It’s when students start coming to her for help that she really gets into trouble, though. Rowena got where she is because she wants to help people and save the world, but if she’s not careful, her idealism may get her killed.
Witty and suspenseful in the vein of the Stephanie Plum novels, Campus Confidential is an insider’s look at the gritty underbelly of academia, where the struggles are so vicious because the stakes are so small. Only sometimes, they’re a matter of life and death.
Content warning: Adult language
I am three-quarters of the way through reading this, my review is going to look something like this:
Rowena Halley starts a new job as a Russian language professor in New Jersey. The plot follows her navigation of a new state and a new job. Jogging in blue trainers and suffering excruciating administration and organisation bureaucracy where fools and red tape run rife in an amusing way that will resonate with anyone who has had an email address (in a large organisation!) The plot is largely a fiction-drama, with satirical and amusing overtones such as Rowena’s colleagues overuse of abbreviations and acronyms. The characters are believable, stretching from the student to professor generation. I can’t wait to find out how the plot finishes, there have been mentions of a Russian ex-boyfriend, missing professors, murder and mysterious death of a student. As I said, I haven’t finished reading it yet, but it will most likely get five stars.
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Happy reading, Samantha xx