What makes a good book … good? For most of us, it’s a combination of an absorbing story, amusing writing, and that third thing that’s more difficult to describe: Call it accessibility, for lack of a better term.
Basically, we want to be able to relate to the characters in the story. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that many books published in recent years chronicle the adventures of wage slaves like us. When it comes right down to it, the office is familiar ground for most of us. And in terms of entertainment value, there’s very little that’s more hilarious than reading about some other poor sap negotiating life in an office cubicle.
Here are some of the funniest books about office life.
For the low price of $.99, you can get this book, which promises to teach you how to cope with your corporate masters without getting canned or losing your soul. We will also give this book points for introducing the use of “cubicle” as a verb, as in: “How many hours a day do you cubicle?”
Described by one Amazon reviewer as “back pains-funny,” Jennifer Kley’s account is so true and hilarious, we couldn’t possibly describe it better than she does herself: “Cubicle Rebel is the true story of a tragically right-brained office loathing, directionless malcontent former employee of everything from chicken joints to retail and finally office life. There are indignant tales of low pay, neurotic coworkers, bull’s eye bosses and deferred dreams. Join the author as she gets hired and fired, takes a failed sabbatical that resulted in a 40-pound weight gain, moves to an undesirable first home, becomes homeless — all while mocking her oppressive employers.”
Jump into a time machine and turn the dial all the way back to 2001, when the dotcom bubble burst and employees at this fictional advertising firm try to survive the downturn by taking ever more frequent coffee breaks, working on pro-bono campaigns no one understands, and eventually, hiding in abandoned office cubicles.
Admit it: You know at least one person in your office who desperately needs to be pranked. Give them what they deserve. Options include: Paper Clip Chain, Bottomless Box, the Sticky Note Office, Chair Chaos, and the Textless Keyboard.
Do you ever find yourself at work, thinking things like, “This is OK, but it’d really be fun if it were more like a third-grade slumber party?” Do we have the book for you. Mad Libs, beloved encourager of turning body parts into verbs, came out with this book for cubicle dwellers. Enjoy choosing off-color adjectives to describe your coworkers and prove to yourself once and for all that maturity has no place in the modern office.