Even the casual reader will enjoy the offbeat picks related to college life and admissions selected by Willard Dix, a college admissions expert and former admission officer at Amherst College. Here are some of his selections:
Admission, by Jean Korelitz: A witty novel about the professional and personal issues troubling a Princeton University admission officer.
I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe: Set at the fictional DuPont University (modeled after Duke University), this novel takes a critical look at university life as seen through the eyes of low-income local student Charlotte Simmons.
The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager, by Thomas Hine: A historical and critical analysis of what we mean when we talk about teenagers.
Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities, by Craig Steven Wilder: A sobering account of how enslaved blacks built some of the country's most elite universities, and how these schools are trying to make amends for their dark pasts.
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The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy, by Nicholas Lemann: Learn how standardized testing became such a critical component of college entrance.
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, by Jeff Hobbs: The author was the roommate of the titular character, a young black man who overcame many struggles to attend Yale University on a full scholarship.
See Dix' full list and commentary at Forbes (Dix, Forbes, 7/18).
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