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4th DGLS Book Club Meeting: Moo, by Jane Smiley

Our next book, chosen anonymously, was submitted by Robin, and is entitled Moo, by Jane Smiley. The Dallas Public Library has about 8 copies of this book, so several of us should be able to get the book and read it at no cost. 

A synopsis from Amazon:

Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, amid cow pastures and waving fields of grain, lies Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the art and science of agriculture. Here, among an atmosphere rife with devious plots, mischievous intrigue, lusty liaisons, and academic one-upmanship, Chairman X of the Horticulture Department harbors a secret fantasy to kill the dean; Mrs. Walker, the provost's right hand and campus information queen, knows where all the bodies are buried; Timothy Nonahan, associate professor of English, advocates eavesdropping for his creative writing assignments; and Bob Carlson, a sophomore, feeds and maintains his only friend: a hog named earl Butz. In this wonderfully written and masterfully plotted novel, Jane Smiley offers us a wickedly funny comedy that is also a darkly poignant slice of life.

Robin will be hosting this discussion. We will discuss the author's writing style, as well as the character development, plot, and themes of the book. Please come prepared to discuss these topics. 

At the end of this meeting, participants can submit their suggestion for the next book, and one will be chosen at random. 

Revised Book Group Info and Submission Guidelines for 2014: 

1.) The book club will meet every 6 weeks instead of every 8 weeks. We will meet January through November. 

2.) Submissions can be a work of fiction, a memoir, a short historical work, a collection or partial selection of short stories or poems, or a theatrical play.

3.) Submissions cannot be hard science, cookbooks, gardening books, encyclopedias, self-help/motivational books (e.g., Anthony Robbins), widely popular books people are likely familiar with (e.g., Harry Potter), or anything overtly religious, political, or divisive in any way (e.g., Glenn Beck).

4.) Must be a manageable length (around 300 pgs, if possible).

5.) Should be something of genuine interest to you, and a book you have already read. You cannot submit books you haven’t already read.

6.) To submit a title, you must have attended at least two meetings and be an active member participating and reading the books selected. Members are allowed to skip a book if they choose; we just want committed members submitting books and not just visitors with no intention of following up.

7.) Members can submit a new title each meeting, but active members can only have one book selected per calendar year. Once a member’s book is chosen, they cannot submit another title that year. This allows almost everyone a chance to have their book selected.

8.) The person whose book is selected must show up at the next meeting in which their book will be discussed.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't wait to see you all tomorrow, as long as the FBI, the CIA and the big ag companies don't stop me...

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was getting a little lost with all the characters, and after again mixing up Helen and Margaret, I found this list online. It helps a lot. I could be having more difficulty because I'm listening to the audiobook, but I thought I'd post the Wikipedia link in case any of the rest of you are having the same trouble.

    December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent choice

    December 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sending out A S. O. S. for NTLDR is missing Press CNTRL + ALT + DEL [Solved ! does anyone have a windows XP cd, my computer crashed and i was told if i can get the cd i can restore it. I beiieve its window xp 2000 let me know[masked]or [masked]

    December 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry I'm a Mac...

      1 · December 22, 2013

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