#3: Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
You know how on The Simpsons, the characters go through about ten minutes of random events before the plot of the episode actually materializes? Well, that’s kind of how this is. The first third of Then We Came to the End is filled with short stories from a failing advertising agency. They are not cohesive, but reveal what daily life might be like in a place filled with input meetings and swivel chairs. It’s not until later that the true plot reveals itself. Once this happens, though, it is easy to connect with the characters and their experiences. The book shows that we all meet people who are just a tiny blurb in the context of a lifetime, but in some way or another, they change who we are. For those who have lived in a cubicle, had an office romance, or just spent to much time under a florescent light bulb, Then We Came to the End will truly resonate and even make you feel the need to update your resume.