Ivy League & Private School Preoccupations

I have a strange fascination with novels set in Ivy League universities or other private schools. Here's a list of those I've both encountered and enjoyed.
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message 1: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Thanks for your great list of books about the Ivy League and prep schools. I thought I was the only one out there (not really). I too am fascinated with books set in private schools or Ivy League colleges. I printed out the list. Some books I have already read, some are unfamiliar to me.

I recently finished All Souls by Christine Schutt. The setting is a private girls' school in New York. I've read One L by Scott Turow and Ivy Briefs by Martha Kimes, which are nonfiction books about Ivy League law schools.


message 2: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Glad I'm not the only one--and please feel free to add those books to the list!


message 3: by Patricia (last edited May 29, 2016 09:47AM) (new)

Patricia Make Your Home Among Strangers

by Jennine Capo Crucet

I met author Curtis Sittenfeld at a recent book signing. I told her I like books about the Ivy League and she recommended this novel to me. Curtis Sittenfeld wrote the novel, Prep. Although Ms. Crucet's novel is set at a fictional college, the setting is modeled after Cornell University.


message 4: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Awesome!! many thanks fo rthe recommendation--I will add it to my pile!
Patricia wrote: "Make Your Home Among Strangers

by Jennine Capo Crucet

I met author Curtis Sittenfeld at a recent book signing. I told her I like books about the Ivy League and she recommended th..."



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