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.