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Book details
  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:350
  • eBook ISBN:9781626755765

Scholar Mine

An Ohio State Love Story

by Sharyn Talbert

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What happens when a shy, charismatic 35-year old quits his job at a golf course grill and embarks on a graduate program in the History Department at Ohio State University? What happens when he is hotly pursued by a staff member in the department? How do they confront their passion, expectations, parenthood, scholarship, world travel, idealism and cynicism, and finally, a fatal illness?
Jose and Sharyn goofed up in their twenties and they've paid for it. Now in their mid-thirties, they encounter one another in the History Department at Ohio State University, he as a graduate student and T.A., she as a staff member. Struggling with notions about feminism, legitimacy, and The American Dream, Sharyn is drawn to the magnetic, studious Jose. She watches him and waits for him to return her gaze. Nothing happens, so she goes after him with a vengeance, setting in motion a tale of mutual love, passion, longing, and ultimately, tragedy. SCHOLAR MINE is both literary and accessible. It is the unforgettable true story of a couple who work behind the scenes at a huge university, and who also strive to create a life together in their community of Colonial Hills in Worthington, Ohio. They struggle and they achieve, but their talents aren't rewarded in quite the ways they've counted on. Despite that, Jose and Sharyn reap a life of great joy and emotional riches. SCHOLAR MINE weaves together several genres. It's a memoir and a love story, told without sticky sentiment. It's an ethnography of Ohio State University, which becomes a character in its own right. It's a cultural history of the mid-eighties through the early 2000s. It is partly an epistolary tale. It's an expose of the T.A. system and its pitfalls. Finally, SCHOLAR MINE recounts what it's like to be a pawn of the cancer industry in a huge teaching hospital, presenting in almost unbearably graphic detail the decline and death of a young, unsung scholar whose example still instructs everyone who knew him.
About the author
Sharyn Talbert worked as an administrator at Ohio State University from 1985-2011. She also studied English at Ohio State, earning a PhD in 1996 with a major field in folklore and minor fields in ethnography and discourse analysis. While working full time at the university, Sharyn also taught English for several years. She has three grown children of whom she is proud, and three wonderful grandchildren. She lives in Worthington, Ohio, in the community known as Colonial Hills, where the narrative in "Scholar Mine" unfolds.
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