Beet

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Harper Collins, Jan 29, 2008 - Fiction - 225 pages
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Why is Professor Peace Porterfield trying to save Beet College? His own wife, Livi, hates the place. The Board of Trustees, led by developer Joel Bollovate, has squandered the endowment. Debutante-cum-self-styled-poet Matha Polite, an indis-criminate radical with a four-student following, wants to bring the institution down. Akim Ben Ladin (né Arthur Horowitz), a sweet-tempered terrorist hopeful and the college’s only Homeland Security major (who lives in an off-campus cave), wants to blow up the school. Faculty members, when not concocting useless, trendy courses, fly at one another’s throats. Not to mention that American higher education is already going down the tubes.

So why is Porterfield trying to save Beet?

Beats us.

 

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User Review  - rmckeown - LibraryThing

Academic novels are among my favorite reads – especially those involving English professors. I measured Beet against my favorites: Straight Man by Richard Russo, The English Major by Jim Harrison, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A businessman almost destroys a liberal-arts college in this scattershot satire from essayist/commentator Rosenblatt (Lapham Rising, 2006, etc.).Ancient, prestigious Beet College, north of Boston, was ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
87
Section 3
107
Section 4
119
Section 5
131
Section 6
139
Section 7
149
Section 8
157
Section 9
165
Section 10
177
Section 11
189
Section 12
203
Section 13
217
Section 14
226
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Roger Rosenblatt’s essays for Time and The NewsHour on PBS have won two George Polk Awards, a Peabody, and an Emmy. He is the author of fifteen books, including the national bestsellers Unless It Moves the Human Heart, Making Toast, Rules for Aging, Lapham Rising, and Children of War, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University. He lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland, and Quogue, New York.

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