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Straight Man

Richard Russo
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William Henry (Hank) Devereaux Jr., is a professor and chairman of a disfunctional English Department at a small eastern college. During a budget dispute he is filmed by a news crew wearing a false nose and glasses, brandishing a goose over his head and threatening to kill a duck a day until he gets a proper budget.This skewering of academia is my favorite work by Russo and one of the funniest books I've read. He has a palpable sense of compassion for the lead character and the successes and failures the we must come to terms with as we age.

Eric Robbins