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Straight Man

Russo, Richard (eBook - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A comedy on university downsizing. To make sure the English department's budget is not cut, William Devereaux, its chairman, goes on TV threatening to kill a goose a day if that happens. Unfortunately a goose is beheaded soon after and Devereaux finds himself in hot water. The setting is Pennsylvania.
Authors: Russo, Richard, 1949-
Title: Straight man
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Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Russo
Summary: A comedy on university downsizing. To make sure the English department's budget is not cut, William Devereaux, its chairman, goes on TV threatening to kill a goose a day if that happens. Unfortunately a goose is beheaded soon after and Devereaux finds himself in hot water. The setting is Pennsylvania.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780307809940
0307809943
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable ebook
System Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Format: Kindle Book
Format: OverDrive READ
Requires Adobe Digital Editions or Amazon Kindle
Subject Headings: College teachers Fiction College department heads Fiction Pennsylvania Fiction
Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Topical Term: College teachers
College department heads
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Aug 23, 2014
  • hobyzoe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I have ever read. Funny - yes, laugh-out-loud - but also excellent character development and superb philosophies. Writing this good is very rare indeed.

Jun 12, 2014
  • riwasows rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the funniest books I've read in a long time.

Jun 09, 2012
  • DebbyReese rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love Richard Russo's writing - he's an author who makes every word count - no wasted rhetoric! This book was so true - and so very funny - I loved it!

Jul 21, 2011
  • jscearce rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought this was SUPER funny. The writing style is similar to my own way of saying things, so it made we connect with the story a lot. Also very heart-wrenching at times, at least to me. But definitely funny. Highly recommend.

Apr 19, 2011
  • biblioholic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the funniest books I've ever read, hands-down.

Apr 19, 2011
  • GummiGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A funny look at small-town academic life colliding with a midlife crisis.

Mar 21, 2011
  • AJ_in_CoMo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I suppose this was a funny book...but, frankly I found it a little too TRUE to be funny! Very accurate writing about academia and the foibles/plots/fears/desires of a college's professors and administration. A good book.

Jan 21, 2010
  • lori_95070 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

My dad's a retired professor. I found this very funny, sometimes "laugh out loud" funny, sometmes just a chuckle.

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