• The cover of the book A Separate Peace

    A Separate Peace

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    The best of YA before YA was a thing. One of the first books to consider private schools as akin to Eden. The Devon School is depicted as exclusive, blissful, intellectually brimming, safe, but not impervious to the very real struggles of young men coming of age during war time.

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  • The cover of the book The Class

    The Class

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    This is Eric Segal’s OTHER great book. The reflections of five men upon returning to Harvard for a 25th reunion is honest and direct. It is also a rare glimpse, for the time, into the psyche of men who have not achieved to their full potential having earned society’s golden ticket (a Harvard degree). The Class is authentic and true in the simplicity of language and sentiment.

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  • The cover of the book The Secret History

    The Secret History

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    Who knew a group of classics majors in a remote university could manifest such a compelling thriller? Tartt never lets up on the dark side of elitism and intellectualism in this compelling murder mystery in reverse. 

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  • The cover of the book Old School

    Old School

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    The ultimate caution of never meet your heroes, Old School feels like A Separate Peace rejiggered for the 21st century. The era maybe different, but the angst and self-discovery of teenage boys to men remains the same.

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  • The cover of the book Prep

    Prep

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    Admittedly, I think I liked this book because it’s set in the ’80s and I could not help but think that could have been me if my parents had shipped me off to boarding school. But Sittenfeld writes so well about the universality of teenage torment that, honestly, anyone who has reached a second decade of life can find connection in at least one character or turn of events in Prep.

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  • The cover of the book The Admissions

    The Admissions

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    When I was born, parenting consisted of birthing the baby, taking her home, and then letting her play and go to school while mom drank Tab—lots of Tab. The Admissions aptly captures the shift to round-the-clock over-parenting for perfection that the children of the diet drink generation grew to become as adults.

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