One Campus One Book

2015-16 OCOB Selection is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler.
Coordinators are Professors Diane Scrofano, and Jeremy Kaye,

The One Campus, One Book Group is pleased to announce that Moorpark College's 2015-16 One Campus, One Book selection will be Karen Joy Fowler's novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Penguin, 2013). In an effort to build community across campuses, Moorpark College, Oxnard College, and Cal State Channel Islands have all selected the same book this year. Please see the CSUCI Campus Reading Celebration page at for details about author Karen Joy Fowler's upcoming visit to CSUCI.

Questions?  Please contact Professor Jeremy Kaye at

Cover of the One Campus One Book We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Information About Book:

TitleWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (a novel)
Author: Karen Joy Fowler (author of The Jane Austen Book Club)
Publisher: Penguin, 2013 & ISBN:  978-0142180822
Awards: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014; winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award; 2013 NYTimes Book Review’s 100 Notable Books

“As a girl in Indiana, Rosemary, Fowler’s breathtakingly droll 22-year-old narrator, felt that she and Fern were not only sisters but also twins. So she was devastated when Fern disappeared. Then her older brother, Lowell, also vanished. Rosemary is now prolonging her college studies in California, unsure of what to make of her life. Enter tempestuous and sexy Harlow, a very dangerous friend who forces Rosemary to confront her past. We then learn that Rosemary’s father is a psychology professor, her mother a nonpracticing scientist, and Fern a chimpanzee. Fowler, author of the best-selling The Jane Austen Book Club (2004), vigorously and astutely explores the profound consequences of this unusual family configuration in sustained flashbacks. Smart and frolicsome Fern believes she is human, while Rosemary, unconsciously mirroring Fern, is instantly tagged “monkey girl” at school. Fern, Rosemary, and Lowell all end up traumatized after they are abruptly separated. As Rosemary—lonely, unmoored, and caustically funny—ponders the mutability of memories, the similarities and differences between the minds of humans and chimps, and the treatment of research animals, Fowler slowly and dramatically reveals Fern and Lowell’s heartbreaking yet instructive fates. Piquant humor, refulgent language, a canny plot rooted in real-life experiences, an irresistible narrator, threshing insights, and tender emotions—Fowler has outdone herself in this deeply inquisitive, cage-rattling novel.” (From Booklist)