Category Archives: Book Reviews

What Doesn't Kill You: A Boarding School Memoir

 

Book Author: Simon Wilson

Book Author’s Bio: Simon Wilson is not only an expert on child’s education, friendship, and the importance of interpersonal relationships, he is also a boarding school graduate himself. Mr. Wilson attended boarding school throughout his middle school and high school years. The author conceals his true identity and rather writes under the pseudonym, Simon Wilson.

Year Published: 1987

Book/Author Website:

https://www.facebook.com/WhatDoesntKillYouBook

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/What-Doesnt-Kill-You-ebook/dp/B008RPK1XG/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364171003&sr=1-8&keywords=boarding+school

Book Summary:

Simon Wilson’s book, What Doesn’t Kill You: A Boarding School Memoir, is a personal look at his own boarding school education. Mr. Wilson attended boarding school nearly 40 years ago, when educational tactics – and discipline practices – were much different than they are now. The book is a detailed and interesting look at boarding school as it used to be.

Book Review:

When you pick up What Doesn’t Kill You, be prepared to read straight through to the end. Readers simply cannot put down this gripping tale of an eight-year-old boy’s experience at boarding school, long before corporal punishments were banned. The tale of life at boarding school, with all of its difficulties, is an interesting read and a must-have for anyone who wants to know more about traditional boarding schools.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

Preparing For Power: America's Elite Boarding Schools

 

Book Author: Peter W. Cookson Jr.

Book Author’s Bio: Peter W. Cookson, Jr., is an expert in the fields of children and education. Dr. Cookson earned his PhD in Sociology of Education from New York University. His first job after graduation was as a caseworker for the New York City Department of Social Services. His career continued to include various teaching positions at universities across the country, as well as an extensive collection of written works, including Preparing for Power.

Year Published: 1987

Book/Author Website:

http://petercookson.com/files/Press%20Kit%20Bio.pdf

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Preparing-Power-Americas-Boarding-Schools/dp/0465062695/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364169723&sr=1-6&keywords=boarding+school

Book Summary:

Preparing for Power: America’s Elite Boarding Schools is a comprehensive study on the ability of boarding schools to create powerful citizens. Dr. Cookson, a studied sociologist with a PhD from NYU, takes a scientific look at boarding schools and their ability to prepare students for a life full of power, success, and influence.

Book Review:

Preparing for Power is an interesting and easy to read account of the way that the elite leaders of America have received an education. The book is based on a study of 57 American boarding schools. The information is gathered in a balanced and methodical manner and provides a detailed description of the way that boarding school creates elite individuals who graduate with a sense of power, prestige, and privilege.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940

 

Book Author: Brenda J Child

Book Author’s Bio: Brenda J. Child is the professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Child earned her PhD in History from the University of Iowa. She has authored numerous books on the subject of American Indian Children and boarding schools, including Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, and Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences.

Year Published: 2000

Book/Author Website:

http://amin.umn.edu/contact/profile.php?UID=child011

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Boarding-School-Seasons-American-1900-1940/dp/0803264054/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364171805&sr=1-5&keywords=boarding+school

Book Summary:

Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, takes an emotional and detailed look at the experiences of American Indian students at boarding schools between 1900 and 1940. The stories told in the book are based on first-hand experiences, drawn from the personal letters of students, their parents, and even boarding school officials.

Book Review:

Brenda Child makes the topic of American Indian boarding schools very intriguing and interesting in her book, Boarding School Seasons. It is an enjoyable and educational book on the experiences of American Indian children, including the heartache, homesickness, and frustration that they experienced by being so far away from their communities throughout their boarding school education. The voices of the students and their parents, as read through their personal letters, give the book a great degree of accountability and honesty.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

The Greenes' Guide to Boarding Schools, 1st edition

 

Book Author: Howard Greene

Book Author’s Bio: Howard Greene is an associate of Howard Greene & Associates. The company operates The Educational Consulting Centers and has been providing parents and students alike with information regarding American boarding schools, colleges, graduate schools, and day schools. Along with his partners, Greene provides students with what they need to know in order to choose the right school and gain admission to their school of choice.

Year Published: 2006

Book/Author Website:

http://www.greenesguides.com/

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Greenes-Guide-Boarding-Schools-1st/dp/0768922410/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362792179&sr=1-2&keywords=boarding+school+directory

Book Summary:

The Greenes’ Guide to Boarding Schools, 1st Edition takes all of the knowledge and experience of American’s leading educational consultant team and puts it in the hands of parents and students alike. The book provides a wealth of useful information about the world of boarding school, including detailed descriptions of individual schools, how to choose the right school, the benefits of boarding school, and information on the admissions process.

Book Review:

The Greenes’ Guide to Boarding Schools, 1st Edition compiles all of the information that families need in order to make a decision about boarding school into one easy to read reference guide. Students and their parents can use this guide to find their ideal school, by sorting schools by their focus, such as arts, community service, and international studies. The book not only gives information about each boarding school individually, but it provides tips and tricks in order to help students ace the admissions process.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

The Best of the Best: Becoming Elite at an American Boarding School

 

Book Author: Ruben A. Gaztambide-Fernandez

Book Author’s Bio: Ruben A. Gaztambide-Fernandez is the author of the revered expose, The Best of the Best: Becoming Elite at an American Boarding School. Mr. Gaztambide-Fernandez works as an assistant professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Year Published: 2009

Book/Author Website: N/A

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Boarding-Schools-Celeste-Heiter/dp/097159404X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362663536&sr=8-1&keywords=boarding+school+nonfiction

Book Summary:

To research this book, Gaztambide-Fernandez spent two years living amongst the students of an elite New England boarding school. He attended classes, hung out in the dorms, ate meals with the students, and participated in every aspect of their lives at school. The book not only documents life at boarding school, but also describes the way that the most ambitious boarding school students in the world find their place at school and become successful.

Book Review:

The Best of the Best: Becoming Elite at an American Boarding School is not only a great resource for future boarding school students and their parents, but it is also a revealing expose on life at boarding school. The book describes the means that boarding school students take in order to become the “best of the best” at their school. The book studies the ways in which the boarding school lifestyle, the students, and the professors contribute to the idea of an educated elite in America.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

Prep Review: Boarding Schools

 

Book Author: Prep Review

Book Author’s Bio: The folks at Prep Review focus on providing students and families with unbiased information about America’s boarding schools. They study and rank more than 30 of America’s boarding schools based on important criteria. The goal of Prep Review is to give students and their families the information that they need in order to make an informed decision about boarding school and beyond.

Year Published: 2011

Book/Author Website:

http://www.prepreview.com/ranking/us/boarding_schools.php

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Prep-Review-Boarding-Schools/dp/1453682481/ref=pd_sim_b_3

Book Summary:

Prep Review: Boarding Schools provides a detailed look at schools in America, Canada, and the UK. The information is gathered from direct study, as well as from detailed accounts as given by recent graduates of the schools. The book provides excerpts and interviews of past students who describe, in detail, the ways that boarding school helped to prepare them for the future. The graduates discuss many concerns of future boarding school students and their families.

Book Review:

Prep Review: Boarding Schools is a realistic and frank description of many of America’s boarding schools. There are also detailed student reviews of boarding schools that are located in both Canada and the United Kingdom. Previous graduates tell what it is like to live and study at boarding school, and give details on how their boarding school education has benefited them in terms of their college education. The book takes a detailed look at classes, extracurricular activities, dorm life, teachers, and school administrators.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

Perfectly Prep: Gender Extremes at a New England Prep School

 

Book Author: Sarah A. Chase

Book Author’s Bio: Sarah A. Chase is the author of Perfectly Prep: Gender Extremes at a New England Prep School. Sarah spent years observing and studying students at an elite New England boarding school. She studied not only the boarding school lifestyle, but the clearly defined gender lines that exist within the boarding school environment.

Year Published: 2008

Book/Author Website:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1038526.Sarah_A_Chase

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Perfectly-Prep-Extremes-Development-Cultural/dp/0195308816/ref=pd_sim_b_6

Book Summary:

Perfectly Prep provides students and their parents with a revealing look inside the heart of American boarding schools. The book tells the tale of the way a student’s gender affects not only their education, but also the way that they behave, act, and study while at boarding school. The book provides a revealing look at the values, desires, and goals of both male and female boarding school students.

Book Review:

Perfectly Prep: Gender Extremes at a New England Boarding School is a resource for parents who are struggling with the decision of whether or not to send their child to boarding school. The book provides an in depth look at the struggles that students face at boarding school and can read a detailed description of what life at boarding school is really like for both boys and girls. Parents who have sent their child to boarding school will read Perfectly Prep and question whether they would make the same decision, knowing what they know after reading the book.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

Casualties of Privilege: Essays on Prep Schools' Hidden Culture

 

Book Author: Louis M. Crosier

Book Author’s Bio: Louis M. Crosier is an independent author and editor who has written two best-selling works on the topic of boarding schools and secondary education.

Year Published: 2011

Book/Author Website:

http://www.alibris.com/search/books/author/Crosier,%20Louis%20M/aid/1111913

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Casualties-Privilege-Essays-Schools-Culture/dp/0962767107/ref=pd_sim_b_9

Book Summary:

Casualties of Privilege: Essays on Prep Schools’ Hidden Culture is a composition of essays, gathered together to tell the tale of the students of America’s most prestigious boarding schools. The stories outline life at boarding schools, as well as provide a detailed look at the issues and concerns that boarding school students face throughout their education.

Book Review:

The book provides a candid look at life at boarding school. Many of the essays focus on what goes on in the dorms after the last class of the day is over. Students at boarding school seem to live in their own subculture. The independent nature of boarding school is apparent in Casualties of Privilege: Essays on Prep Schools’ Hidden Culture, which details the way that boarding school students are often forced to mature, handle many adult situations, and make decisions that they may not yet be ready to make.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

Behind the Walls: A Parent’s Guide to Boarding Schools

 

Book Author: Timothy D. Hillman

Book Author’s Bio: Timothy D. Hillman has long been revered as an expert source on the topics of boarding school and independent education. Hillman himself has been both a boarding school student, as well as a boarding school teacher. In addition to writing numerous books about the boarding school admission process and life at boarding school, Hillman operates his own improvisational theatrical company.

Year Published: 2003

Book/Author Website:

http://books.google.com/books/about/Behind_The_Walls.html?id=d7AOAQAACAAJ

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Behind-Walls-Parents-Boarding-Schools/dp/1591097185/ref=pd_sim_b_1

Book Summary:

Behind the Walls is a revealing look at life in America’s boarding schools. The book contains many details that are not found in other boarding school guidebooks. Parents who read the book will learn about the benefits of a boarding school education for their child, as well as some of the pitfalls of choosing this educational option. This book is NOT a rating book for boarding schools. Rather, it is a transparent and sometimes shocking look at what truly goes on in America’s boarding schools.

Book Review:

Hillman’s experience with American boarding schools, as both a student and an educator, are apparent in his work, Behind the Walls: A Parent’s Guide to Boarding School. It is an interesting book that reveals a lot of unexpected details about life at boarding school, from the perspectives of both teachers and students. The book goes far beyond boarding school rankings and admission processes to give parents and students a virtual look into life at boarding school.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.

American Boarding Schools

 

Book Author: Celeste Heiter

Book Author’s Bio: Celeste Heiter is a freelance writer who is credited for the writing of ten books, including American Boarding Schools. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Art at the University of South Alabama.

Year Published: 2004

Book/Author Website:

http://celesteheiter.com/

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Boarding-Schools-Celeste-Heiter/dp/097159404X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362663536&sr=8-1&keywords=boarding+school+nonfiction

Book Summary:

Deciding which boarding school is best for your child is a huge, life-changing decision. In the book, American Boarding Schools, Heiter provides a wealth of information regarding the admission process, how to be accepted to boarding school, what to expect at boarding school once you arrive. The book contains many first-hand accounts written by boarding school teachers, student counselors, and admissions personnel.

Book Review:

American Boarding Schools is an excellent guide for parents and students who are investigating the world of boarding school. Whether you are in the beginning stages of determining whether or not boarding school is right for your family, or if you have selected the boarding school that you wish to attend and need some information regarding the admission process, you will find very helpful advice in this book. The book is geared toward both American students, as well as international students who are seeking admission to American boarding schools.

Book Reviewer’s Bio: Megan Selin is a freelance writer and literary enthusiast who resides in upstate New York with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany and enjoys baking, yoga, and spending time outdoors.