Small Admissions

  • Filename: small-admissions.
  • ISBN: 9781501122545
  • Release Date: 2016-12-27
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Amy Poeppel
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

People’s Book of the Week “The Devil Wears Prada meets Primates of Park Avenue.” —The New York Times “Perfect for fans of Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep.”—Booklist Top 6 Books You Need to Read—BuzzFeed Best Books to Give Every Book Lover on Your List—Town and Country One admission can change your life...forever. When ambitious grad student Kate Pearson’s handsome French “almost fiancé” ditches her, she definitely does not roll with the punches, despite the best efforts of family and friends. It seems that nothing will get Kate out of pajamas and back into the world. Miraculously, one cringe-worthy job interview leads to a position in the admissions department at the revered Hudson Day School. Kate’s instantly thrown into a highly competitive and occasionally absurd culture, where she interviews all types of children: suitable, wildly unsuitable, charming, loathsome, ingratiating, or spoiled beyond all measure. And then there are the Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer. As Kate begins to learn there’s no room for self-pity or nonsense during the height of admissions season or life itself, her sister and friends find themselves keeping secrets, dropping bombshells, and arguing with each other about how to keep Kate on her feet. Meanwhile, Kate seems to be doing very nicely, thank you, and is even beginning to find out that her broken heart is very much on the mend. Welcome to the world of Small Admissions.

The Gatekeepers

  • Filename: the-gatekeepers.
  • ISBN: 9781101200315
  • Release Date: 2003-07-29
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Jacques Steinberg
  • Publisher: Penguin

In the fall of 1999, New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Wesleyan University. Over the course of nearly a year, Steinberg accompanied admissions officer Ralph Figueroa on a tour to assess and recruit the most promising students in the country. The Gatekeepers follows a diverse group of prospective students as they compete for places in the nation's most elite colleges. The first book to reveal the college admission process in such behind-the-scenes detail, The Gatekeepers will be required reading for every parent of a high school-age child and for every student facing the arduous and anxious task of applying to college.


  • Filename: admission.
  • ISBN: 9780571309108
  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Author: Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber

Now a film starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd 'A book you can't put down.' O, The Oprah Magazine For years, thirty-eight-year-old Portia Nathan has hidden behind her busy career as a Princeton admissions officer and her less than passionate relationship. Then the piece of her past that she has tried so hard to bury resurfaces, catapulting her on an extraordinary journey of the heart that challenges everything she ever thought she believed. Soon, just as Portia must decide on the fates of thousands of bright students regarding their admission to university, so too must she confront the life-altering decisions she made long ago.

Creating a Class

  • Filename: creating-a-class.
  • ISBN: 067402673X
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 308
  • Author: Mitchell L Stevens
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

In real life, Stevens is a professor at Stanford University. But for a year and a half, he worked in the admissions office of a bucolic New England college known for its high academic standards, beautiful campus, and social conscience. Ambitious high schoolers and savvy guidance counselors know that admission here is highly competitive. But creating classes, Stevens finds, is a lot more complicated than most people imagine.

The Price of Admission

  • Filename: the-price-of-admission.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015064751400
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 323
  • Author: Daniel Golden
  • Publisher: Crown

An eye-opening critique of American higher education exposes the corrupt and elitist admissions practices at many of America's top colleges that favor the children of the wealthy and powerful over more qualified students.

The Chosen

  • Filename: the-chosen.
  • ISBN: 0618574581
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 711
  • Author: Jerome Karabel
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The author presents the findings of his survey of admissions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, revealing a century of exclusion that cuts to the core of the American experience, while raising questions about the stratification of higher education in Americ

Where You Go Is Not Who You ll Be

  • Filename: where-you-go-is-not-who-you-ll-be.
  • ISBN: 9781455532698
  • Release Date: 2015-03-17
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Frank Bruni
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. That belief is wrong. It's cruel. And in WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. Bruni, a bestselling author and a columnist for the New York Times, shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors' mansions, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants. Through statistics, surveys, and the stories of hugely successful people who didn't attend the most exclusive schools, he demonstrates that many kinds of colleges-large public universities, tiny hideaways in the hinterlands-serve as ideal springboards. And he illuminates how to make the most of them. What matters in the end are a student's efforts in and out of the classroom, not the gleam of his or her diploma. Where you go isn't who you'll be. Americans need to hear that-and this indispensable manifesto says it with eloquence and respect for the real promise of higher education.

College Admission

  • Filename: college-admission.
  • ISBN: 9780307590329
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 405
  • Author: Robin Mamlet
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)

A comprehensive guide for college-bound teens and their parents shares step-by-step coverage of today's competitive admissions processes based on expert advice by 50 admissions deans from ivy-league universities, in a reference that outlines recommendations for the sophomore, junior and senior grades of high school. Original.

Dear Committee Members

  • Filename: dear-committee-members.
  • ISBN: 9780007586356
  • Release Date: 2014-08-21
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Julie Schumacher
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Finally a novel that puts the "pissed" back into "epistolary."

You Should Have Known

  • Filename: you-should-have-known.
  • ISBN: 9780571307548
  • Release Date: 2014-02-25
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber

'A great psychological thriller ... I couldn't put it down.' Daisy Goodwin Grace Sachs, a happily married therapist with a young son, thinks she knows everything about women, men and marriage. She is about to publish a book called You Should Have Known, based on her pet theory: women don't value their intuition about what men are really like, leading to serious trouble later on. But how well does Grace know her own husband? She is about to find out, and in the place of what she thought she knew, there will be a violent death, a missing husband, and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for herself and her child. A New York Times bestseller


  • Filename: loner.
  • ISBN: 9781501107917
  • Release Date: 2016-09-13
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Teddy Wayne
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The critically acclaimed and highly anticipated novel from award-winning writer Teddy Wayne, an unsettling and impossible-to-put-down work that is, “powerful” (Fresh Air), “engrossing” (People), and “complex and necessary” (Salon). David Federman has never felt appreciated. One of the most painfully forgettable members of his New Jersey high school class—despite his being the only senior accepted to Harvard—shy, witty David arrives in Cambridge fully expecting to embrace, and be embraced by, a new tribe of like-minded peers. But at first, beyond the friendly advances of a plain-looking girl named Sara, his social status seems devastatingly unlikely to change. Then Veronica Morgan Wells enters his life. Instantly infatuated, struck by both her beauty and her brains, David falls feverishly in love with the woman he sees as a charismatic Upper East Side goddess. Determined to stop at nothing to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, David begins compromising his own academic and moral standards, tossing everything aside for this one, great chance at happiness. But neither Veronica nor David, it turns out, are exactly as they seem… In Loner, Teddy Wayne’s “writing is spiky and electric…[like] the early work of Jeffrey Eugenides” (The New York Times Book Review), offering great “evidence of a rising talent” (The Wall Street Journal). This is a darkly comic, “deft, involving” (Chicago Tribune) portrayal of psychosexual obsession that explores just what we’re capable of when our greatest enemies turn out to be ourselves.

The Goodbye Year

  • Filename: the-goodbye-year.
  • ISBN: 1940716330
  • Release Date: 2016-04-12
  • Number of pages: 295
  • Author: Kaira Rouda
  • Publisher: Sparkpress

As a handful of parents and their children face the all-important senior year of high school an intense time of change for the kids and their soon-to-be-empty-nest parents the cracks beneath the surface of their seemingly perfect lives begin to appear."

Admissions Confidential

  • Filename: admissions-confidential.
  • ISBN: 0312302355
  • Release Date: 2002-08-17
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Rachel Toor
  • Publisher: Macmillan

A former Duke admissions officer presents the truth behind the admissions process, revealing why admission to a top school depends on your application, and that elite colleges recruit students they will never admit.

Enter Title Here

  • Filename: enter-title-here.
  • ISBN: 1484723872
  • Release Date: 2016-08-02
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Rahul Kanakia
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

I'm your protagonist-Reshma Kapoor-and if you have the free time to read this book, then you're probably nothing like me. Reshma is a college counselor's dream. She's the top-ranked senior at her ultra-competitive Silicon Valley high school, with a spotless academic record and a long roster of extracurriculars. But there are plenty of perfect students in the country, and if Reshma wants to get into Stanford, and into med school after that, she needs the hook to beat them all. What's a habitual over-achiever to do? Land herself a literary agent, of course. Which is exactly what Reshma does after agent Linda Montrose spots an article she wrote for Huffington Post. Linda wants to represent Reshma, and, with her new agent's help scoring a book deal, Reshma knows she'll finally have the key to Stanford. But she's convinced no one would want to read a novel about a study machine like her. To make herself a more relatable protagonist, she must start doing all the regular American girl stuff she normally ignores. For starters, she has to make a friend, then get a boyfriend. And she's already planned the perfect ending: after struggling for three hundred pages with her own perfectionism, Reshma will learn that meaningful relationships can be more important than success-a character arc librarians and critics alike will enjoy. Of course, even with a mastermind like Reshma in charge, things can't always go as planned. And when the valedictorian spot begins to slip from her grasp, she'll have to decide just how far she'll go for that satisfying ending. (Note: It's pretty far.) In this wholly unique, wickedly funny debut novel, Rahul Kanakia consciously uses the rules of storytelling-and then breaks them to pieces.

Love Alice

  • Filename: love-alice.
  • ISBN: 9780698191990
  • Release Date: 2016-12-06
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Barbara Davis
  • Publisher: Penguin

From the author of Summer at Hideaway Key comes a sweeping new Southern women’s fiction novel about forgiving the past one letter at a time... The truth lies between the lines... A year ago, Dovie Larkin’s life was shattered when her fiancé committed suicide just weeks before their wedding. Now, plagued by guilt, she has become a fixture at the cemetery where William is buried, visiting his grave daily, waiting for answers she knows will never come. Then one day, she sees an old woman whose grief mirrors her own. Fascinated, she watches the woman leave a letter on a nearby grave. Dovie ignores her conscience and reads the letter—a mother’s plea for forgiveness to her dead daughter—and immediately needs to know the rest of the story. As she delves deeper, a collection of letters from the cemetery’s lost and found begins to unravel a decades-old mystery involving one of Charleston’s wealthiest families. But even as Dovie seeks to answer questions about another woman’s past—questions filled with deception, betrayal, and heartbreaking loss—she starts to discover the keys to love, forgiveness, and finally embracing the future… From the Trade Paperback edition.

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