Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be : An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
by Bruni, Frank

Chapter 1 The Unsung Alma Maters
Chapter 2 Throwing Darts
Chapter 3 Obsessives at the Gate
Chapter 4 Rankings and Wrongs
Chapter 5 Beyond the Comfort Zone
Chapter 6 From Tempe to Waterloo
Chapter 7 An Elite Edge?
Chapter 8 Strangled with Ivy
Chapter 9 Humbled, Hungry and Flourishing
Chapter 10 Fire Over Formula

Draws on stories of successful people who didn't attend the most exclusive schools to demonstrate that many kinds of colleges-from large public universities to tiny hideaways in the hinterlands-serve as ideal springboards into the professional world.

Frank Bruni is the author of three bestselling books and an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. Prior, he worked as the newspaper's chief restaurant critic, Rome bureau chief and White House correspondent.

*Starred Review* In Bruni's March 2014 New York Times op-ed column, "Our Crazy College Crossroads," the outspoken journalist (and author of Ambling into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush, 2002) declared that his nerve-hitting piece was "intended less as a balm for the rejected than as a reality check for a society gone nuts over the whole overheated process" of college admissions. Bruni's ardent new book has been expertly timed for a March release, the annual period when many outstanding college applicants and their parents are desperately awaiting the arrival of a scarce and coveted Ivy League ticket. Here he expands expertly on the same subject matter, aiming to debunk the alarming belief that access to higher education is a brutal, Hunger Games-style competition, where "winning" acceptance into a top-tier school is the only guarantee for future success. Through numerous examples, statistics, and insightful interviews, Bruni proves that some of today's most prominent individuals did not get where they are by attending Harvard or Yale, and that the path to adulthood can be just as fulfilling when reached by one of the many meaningful roads less traveled. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Memories of the charm and honesty of the author's 2009 memoir, Born Round, will draw readers to his new book. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

New York Times op-ed columnist Bruni (Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater, 2009, etc.) shows why rejection by an Ivy League college need not be a disaster and may even be a blessing. The author attributes the frenzy attached to college admission to the emphasis on branding and privilege, which increasingly characterize our society as the income gap widens. All too often, admission to a top college becomes a goal in itself while the quality of a well-rounded education takes second place. There are many hurdles to be overcome, beginning as early as preschool. Prowess in sports, community service and other extracurricular activities are items for the student's resume along with high grades and test scores. Only after winning a place in an elite institution can the student afford to relax. "The sale is more important than the product," writes Bruni, who presents several cases, including his own experience, to show how being rejected by the top rung may be a blessi ng in disguise. Getting an education off the charted path can be a life-changing experience. Forced out of their comfort zones, students may become more self-reliant, more flexible and able to succeed, and they may get a better education to boot. The author takes the University of Arizona as an example. It offers a high-quality education with a faculty that includes two Nobel laureates, five Pulitzer Prize winners and more. Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions. Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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