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Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Nov 24, 2010

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The title of this book refers to two meanings of admission, "Admissions, admission. Aren't there two sides to the word? And two opposing sides...it's what we let in, but it's also what we let out." Thirty-eight year old Portia Nathan is an admissions officer at Princeton University and she uses her stressful job to isolate herself from her feelings, from a close relationship with her mother, from her friends, and even from David, an English professor at Princeton with whom she has been living for years. Portia's area of responsibility is New England and after visiting a new, experimental school a chain of events is unleased that forces Portia to face her past. Every academic year, thousands of seniors seal their hopes in an envelope and send them off to admissions offices in hundreds of colleges and universities across the country. After having all of the factors that admissions officers consider described in detail in this book, I'm thankful that I've already graduated from college and don't have to submit my academic credentials for judgment.

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