• Megan Worley

Review: Slipsliding by the Bay


Title: Slipsliding by the Bay

Author: Barbara McDonald

Release Date: July 18, 2017

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: Perched on the edge of San Francisco, Lakeside College is experiencing an identity crisis. John Gudewill is recruited as president to save the college from possible closure--but he is flummoxed at every turn. The faculty, led by secretive English professor Eliot Blanc, is determined to unionize. The alumni want Lakeside to return to its former status as a women-only college. Meanwhile, Sister Magdalena, the college's infamous artist, is waging war against corporate America through her art, and the students are engaging in their own warfare through sit-ins and protests. With the college besieged on all sides, what is its new president to do? A hilarious spoof of academic intrigue, Slipsliding by the Bay mirrors the societal turmoil and follies of the seventies

My Review: This was an interesting read for me. It was entertaining but it never really drew me in the way other books do. It was a quick, quirky read full of an intriguing ensemble of characters that spanned from the a sexy librarian to an activist artist nun and a whole bunch in between.

What I enjoyed about the book was the historical aspect and how the issues of the 1970’s were portrayed on a college campus. The use of the college campus as the background for the times social issues worked well and allowed the story to point out all the differing view points and opinions from that time period.

Thank you to BookSparks and She Writes Press for sending me a copy of this book to read and review!

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