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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Halls of Ivy

“School is a near universal experience,” wrote Rachel Syme in National Public Radio’s “Monkey See” blog last week ("Books With Class: Autumn Books That Bring Back the School Daze," Sept. 10, 2011). She admits that we recall our days of study in many different ways, but whether our memories are fond or otherwise, many reflect on our classroom experiences during the early days of September. Syme recommends five novels that attempt to capture those complex times – sometimes innocent and sometimes not:

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Old School by Tobias Wolff

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

1 comment:

Sverige said...

Pretty good book. The relationship between the 2 main characters reminded me of every best friend I had at that age. Makes you think back about the care free attitude of being a teen age boy again, what its like to live for the day and wonder what the future holds. The author developed the plot pretty good and there was some meaning at the end. I like when the author comes full circle and adds value at the end of a book.