Sunday, April 12, 2015

Thematic Sunday: Books About Assistants

So this week we have Administrative Professionals Day coming our way. I hope you at least acknowledge your assistant's hard work on this day. Trust me, they don't get paid enough. In honor of that, here are some books across the genres about assistants/secretaries/anyone who has a job where they have to help important people out and don't get enough recognition for doing so.

1) The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Going for the obvious one first. If you've seen the fabulous movie staring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, please be warned: it was very different from the book. Still good, because Streep, Hathaway, and Blunt. But different.

2) Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren

Obligatory office romance read. Never read this one myself but it is popular.

3) Who Took My Pen...Again? Secrets From Dynamic Executive Assistants by Joan Burge, Nancy Fraze, and Jasmine Freeman

Non-fiction that I may or may not have just put on here for the awesome title alone. A book written by assistants, for assistants.

4) Upstairs at the White House: My life With The First Ladies by J. B. West

Okay, this one is a stretch on my part. This guy was an usher at the White House, not an assistant. But ushers at the white house do a lot of things that assistants would do in normal places so I say it counts.

5) Maggie Hope Mystery 1: Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal

First in a historical mystery series, this book follows a young woman who starts as a typist but eventually finds intrigue and mystery everywhere.

6) Body of Evidence series by Christopher Golden

Awesome mystery series about a college assistant to her county's M.E. who helps solve murders.
Note: I don't think this series is being widely printed anymore. You'll likely only find it in used book shops or libraries. If you find it, pick it up, it's awesome, I swear.

7) Madam Secretary A Memoir by Madeleine Albright

There are secretaries and then there are SECRETARIES. Secretary of State is one of the big ones. So I have to include this memoir by the awesome Madeleine Albright

8) Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

Fun little YA romp about a girl who becomes an assistant to a fashion magazine and discovers intrigue and mystery.

9) The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett

Magician's Assistants totally count. They have to help out magicians with their tricks and trust them not to cut them in half after all. This one is about a woman who's been a magician's assistant for her husband for years up until his death, when she learns he's been keeping many secrets from her.

10) Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan

A kid becomes a assistant to a vampire after he discovers a dark world in a local circus. Assistant to a vampire totally counts.

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