Why Did I Get a B?: And Other Mysteries We're Discussing in the Faculty Lounge

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5.8 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author

Shannon Reed is the author of the memoir Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We're Discussing in the Faculty Lounge, a semifinalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. She is a teaching associate professor in creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh and a frequent contributor to the New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs column, as well as to McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Her work has also appeared in the Paris Review, Real Simple, Slate, and the Washington Post, among many others.

"Reflective essays that expose the good and the bad sides of being an educator. Good reading for aspiring teachers."--Anjali Sachdeva, professor and author of All the Names They Used for God "Kirkus Reviews"
"This hilarious, very honest, insightful book is perfect for all the teachers in your life, for the parents who complain about their kids' teachers, and even the students who don't know how lonely and difficult teaching really is."

--Angie Cruz, professor and author of Dominicana
"Smart, witty, and sharply observed. I laughed, I cried, I cringed. But make no mistake--Shannon Reed has written a love letter to teachers. Her cheeky winks and snarky eye-rolls are always buoyed by the understanding that teachers love what they do. They'd have to . . . otherwise they'd never survive the hell we put them through."

--Siobhan Vivian, professor and New York Times bestselling author of The List
"A hilarious, smart, and painfully honest look at teaching that's also full of heart. Reed isn't afraid to ridicule the most maddening aspects of the profession, or to admit her own missteps, but she writes about her students and colleagues with a warmth and insight that captures the essence of what education should be. Why Did I Get a B? somehow made me laugh at all the things that frustrate me most about my work as a teacher, while also reminding me why I love it." --Anjali Sachdeva, professor and author of All the Names They Used for God
"This irresistible, compulsively quotable, deeply felt collection will definitely be making the rounds in the teachers' lounge. A hilarious love letter to the many joys (and occasional heartbreak) of being a teacher in America today."--Irina Reyn, professor and author of Mother Country
"A starkly honest, at times irreverent view of the triumphs and challenges of teaching. Readers will cheer at Reed's accounts of student victories and sigh in exasperation at her descriptions of incompetent administrators....Reed's candid writing about a stressful yet rewarding career will resonate with educators. VERDICT For educators who yearn to see some of their own struggles and joys represented through another teacher's eyes."--Anjali Sachdeva, professor and author of All the Names They Used for God "Library Journal"