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Moo by Jane Smiley
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Nov 15, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

This is not your typical Jane Smiley, but it one that shouldn't be missed. I have read this book I think 3 times now and each time I find myself laughing out loud and noticing things I had not before. Having gone to graduate school at a land grant university and been employed by another one for most of my career, I can attest to the accuracy of her descriptions of the egos,campus romances,political machinations, gamesmanship, and constant chase after funds.
There are so many memorable characters (including the hog)and not much escapes Smiley's satiric barb, but the story is also very human and compassionate. I heard or read somewhere that she tried to work in the names of many of the towns that have land grant colleges (as names of buildings or geographical features,etc.)and on this reading I counted 15, including my two. This is really a classic for anyone involved in higher education.

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