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Moo by Jane Smiley
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Jul 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-1998

Between reading Moo and DeLillo's White Noise, I feel like I just went back to college! I enjoyed Moo and was surprised at how long it took me to read it -- nearly three days, with two days of solid reading. Smiley populates this book with a university microcosm. At first, it's a little confusing, but it doesn't take long until you are into the swing of it and know these people (just like college).

The book takes place during two semesters in the 1989-90 school year - when businesses are downsizing and even the state funded education system must trim. The book explores the implications of businesses funding "scientific" study and reminds us of the importance of the Land Grant Act. I think we too often relate a college education to a business degree and forget that there are many other reasons to attend college. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire, also a Land Grant College, where in my second year I had three Animal Science majors for housemates. Moo happily brought me back to this time in my life.
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switterbug (Betsey) Loved this book!

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