Take This Job and...

If you're a fan of the television show The Office, try one of these often satirical novels about working. Filled with egomaniacal bosses and quirky co-workers in dysfunctional workplaces, these novels may inspire a new appreciation of your own job! All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Baird, Jonathan. Day Job: A Workplace Reader for the Restless Age. 1998.

Barry, Max. Company. 2006.

Barry, Max. Jennifer Government. 2003.
     Also available: CD

Bing, Stanley. Lloyd, What Happened: A Novel of Business. 1998.

Bing, Stanley. You Look Nice Today. 2003.

Buckley, Christopher. Thank You for Smoking. 1994.

Burke, Betsy. Hardly Working. 2005.

Candela, Margo. Good-bye to All That. 2010. (Adult Chick Lit CAN).

Clark, Bridie. Because She Can. 2007. (Adult Chick Lit CLA).
     Also available: eAudiobook

Coles, Robert and Albert LaFarge, ed. Minding the Store: Great Writing about Business, from Tolstoy to Now. 2008. (Adult Nonfiction 808.8393553 M).

Coupland, Douglas. JPod. 2006.

Ferris, Joshua. Then We Came to the End. 2007.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook, eAudiobook

Finder, Joseph. Company Man. 2005.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Heller, Joseph. Something Happened. 1974.

Heller, Ted. Slab Rat. 2000.

Hynes, James. Kings of Infinite Space. 2004.

Hynes, James. Next. 2010.

Kellaway, Lucy. In Office Hours. 2011. (Adult Chick Lit KEL).
     Also available: CD

Kokoris, Jim. The Pursuit of Other Interests. 2009.

Koslow, Sally. Little Pink Slips. 2007.

Kunzru, Hari. Transmission. 2004.

Lipsyte, Sam. The Ask. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Lyons, Daniel. Option$: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs: A Parody by Fake Steve Jobs. 2007.

Mamet, David. Glengarry Glen Ross. 1983. (Adult Nonfiction 812.54 M2647.gL)

Martin, Clancy W. How to Sell. 2009.

McLaughlin, Emma. Citizen Girl. 2004. (Adult Chick Lit MCL).
     Also available: CD

Mills, Kyle. Smoke Screen. 2003.
     Also available: CD

Mills, Magnus. The Scheme for Full Employment. 2002.

Park, Ed. Personal Days. 2008.

Rosenblatt, Roger. Beet. 2008.

Rowell, Rainbow. Attachments. 2011.
     Also available: CD

Saknussemm, Kris. Zanesville. 2005.

Saramago, Jose. All the Names. 1999.

Sheehan, Aurelie. The Anxiety of Everyday Objects. 2004.

Spencer, Camika. Cubicles. 2002.

Vachon, Dana. Mergers & Acquisitions. 2007.

Weisberger, Lauren. The Devil Wears Prada. 2003. (Adult Chick Lit WEI).
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Willett, Sabin. Present Value. 2003.

Wilson, Sloan. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. 1955.
     Also available: Large Type

Zeltserman, Dave. Outsourced. 2010.