by Lincoln Park
Copyright: © 2008
Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lilly Tomlin have nothing on Lincoln Park. Her book,
Handle Time, is (the movie)’9 to 5’ on crack rock! We all remember that typewriter
banging, coffee slinging, boss fondled, witty trio from the 80s movie which became a
salute to the working woman!
Well, not much has changed these days in the way of office gossip despite the fact that
we have to press one for English and spend more time on hold just trying to speak to an
actual person. Lincoln Park’s witty book drips with the over-the-top office drama,
I’m sure a ton of us middle class Americans can relate to, like decaf from the lunchroom
Are you trapped in a cubicle all day tied to a phone taking calls from bitchy customers?
Do you work Monday through Friday listening to whining dead beats about their
overdrawn bank balances? Are order entry and filing on your list of resume attributes? If
you are sick of the water cooler humor and need someone outside of work who you can
relate to, then buy this book!
We’ve all seen those humorous You Tube videos displaying dramatic office humor where
employees snap and toss their computer monitors across the room, but those vids
probably aren’t far from the truth. Meet Chase, Lincoln’s central character who’s had
enough! We barely get to know the poor girl as a character before she’s hauled out of the
office on a stretcher.
But strap yourself in, because this roller coaster ride of a read is about to take you into
the world of corner offices and cubicles which you probably didn’t know existed, and
definitely don’t want to. Flash back to Chase and her friends landing top positions at
DELSTAR Bank call center. Destined to beat standard middle class living outside of
their bi-weekly paychecks, these trainees end up with more than they bargained for on
their climb up the corporate ladder.
Like many of us, we kiss ass in interviews and wear a nice suit, only to become shackled
to a desk with carpel tunnel and a telephone that won’t stop ringing. It’s the gossip and
office drama away from our desk that helps beat the monotony of the day, but is that
worth the bad wages we make and the abuse we put up with from customers? It’s enough
to drive anyone postal, and this author’s in-your-face attitude will have you questioning,
“Is this worth 8 hours of my time each day?”
Dead beat coworkers with poor work ethics, pouty pregnant women whose men left
them, computer geeks who know too much, fat chicks with low self-esteem… this book
is chock full of colorful characters; from cold CEOs to office supply stealing freaks.
On one page, your heart is full of sympathy and you are rooting for the underdog, on the
next page you find you are the underdog.
At 196 pages, Ms. Park’s book makes the sitcom, The Office, look like a
cake walk. If you’ve ever hung up the phone for holding too long or cussed at the
illiterate in India and demanded they get an American on the phone, or if you’ve ever
been that employee on the other end of the line, then this book is for you! Taking office
humor to a whole new level, I commend Lincoln Park on her tongue-in-cheek farce
about the cubicle culture most of us wake up to everyday.
Hey you! Put down those post-its, stop sniffing your white-out and read this book!
Causes LiNCOLN PARK Supports
Any and all programs which support literacy, technology, the environment and keeping people fed, clothed and housed.