INTERVIEW: THE OVERACHIEVERS. THE SECRET LIVES OF DRIVEN KIDTue Aug 29, 2006 15:49
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AUDIO: PART I
AUDIO: PART II
AUDIO PART III
THE SECRET LIVES OF DRIVEN KIDS
Worried about the intense pressures on students to succeed and the skyrocketing stress of the college and private school admissions processes, New York Times bestselling investigative journalist Alexandra Robbins returned to her high school during the year of her ten-year reunion. For more than a year, she followed nine students who were bright, funny, talented, and lovable – and who struggled over whether the way some circles labeled them actually reflected their identity. A true story about life, love, friendship, family, illness and rage, drugs and depression, this is a book that will make you laugh, cry, sigh, and clench your fists in anger. Come enter the halls of Walt Whitman High School and meet . . . THE OVERACHIEVERS.
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"Alex Robbins, a bold new voice and a superb reporter with an eye for the good story, has turned her attention to another fascinating tale. The secret societies at Yale have walls of confidentiality as hard to breach as those of the CIA - and none more so than Skull and Bones. She managed to break through and, with wit and energy, shows us what happens when friendship and power meet."
-E. J. Dionne Jr., syndicated columnist and author of Why Americans Hate Politics
"This is a vivid insider's account of the archetype of an old boys' club - whose members take care of each other in ways, sometimes benignly, sometimes less so, we outsiders aren't allowed to see. There may be more to some accidents of history - who ended up working for whom and where-than we'll ever know."
-Seymour Hersh, author of The Dark Side of Camelot
"I was hooked" - The New York Times Book Review
On The Overachievers: "Impossible to put down" - People
"Quick and riveting" - Entertainment Weekly
"Engrossing . . . An easy read" - Publisher's Weekly
"Compelling investigative journalism" -
"The Overachievers": a lecture for high school communities about calming down during the application process, or a lecture for college students about the pressure to succeed
• The quarterlife crisis, twentysomething issues, college issues
• Marketing to twentysomethings
• Twentysomethings in the corporate environment
• Secrets of the Tomb, Skull and Bones
• Journalism, writing, and publishing
• Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities, sorority issues
• The Secret Lives of Students: Greek Life and Secret Societies
For information on the Quarterlife Crisis, please also visit http://www.quarterlifecrisis.biz
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