Is There Life After High School?

Is There Life After High School?

by Ralph Keyes
     
 

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Were you Student Body President? Cheerleader captain? Or the girl nobody asked to the prom? Or a guy nobody wanted to eat lunch with? Were you an "innie" or an "outie"? These are some of the questions raised in Is There Life After High School?.

After interviewing hundreds of people across America, obscure and famous, successful and unsuccessful, after… See more details below

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Were you Student Body President? Cheerleader captain? Or the girl nobody asked to the prom? Or a guy nobody wanted to eat lunch with? Were you an "innie" or an "outie"? These are some of the questions raised in Is There Life After High School?.

After interviewing hundreds of people across America, obscure and famous, successful and unsuccessful, after reading countless magazine articles, books, and scholarly treatises, after listening to stacks of records, watching television and movies, and after attending all manner of reunions (from a fifth to a fiftieth), Ralph Keyes has come to the conclusion that Kurt Vonnegut was right — high school is "closer to the core of the American Experience than anything else I can think of."

Is There Life After High School? takes us cruising through the hallways of our high school memories. According to Keyes those memories are a) enduring, b) pleasurable, c) painful, d) all of the above. He makes keenly perceptive observations on why high school keeps its grip on the imagination and behavior of so many American adults. A closing section is of inestimable value for those racked with high school fever — "101 Ways to Get High School Off Your Back."
Since its publication in 1976 Is There Life After High School? has become an iconic book. A musical based on the book that opened on Broadway 1982 is still produced in theaters around the country and world.


Featured on: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show, 20 / 20, and “All Things Considered”

A sweetheart of a book.
– Chicago Tribune

Thoroughly engaging.
– Washington Post

Lively, filled with facts and fun memories that will make you remember yours.
– Gene Shalit, The Today Show

Frequently poignant, occasionally profound, and very funny.
– St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Insightful and fun.
– Greensboro Daily News

Deliciously titled ... breezy ... very good book.
– National Observer

Keyes brings back the sights and sounds, and most importantly, the feelings, of our high school experience.
– Indianapolis News

Whether you were jock or bookworm, an "innie" or an "outie" you will relish the shock of recognition and, perhaps, furtively consult your yearbook. Sociology that amuses as it informs.
– Publishers Weekly

There is a lot of nostalgia and fun in here – but this is a meaningful look at the impact of adolescence spent in a unique American institution."
– Booklist

Keyes has turned in a serious psychological study. His book is funny, but it isn't frivolous.
– Santa Barbara News-Press

Witty, angst-ridden confessional of the joyous and heart-rending memories of high school ... will start up hunts for yearbooks.
– Austin American-Statesman

Unmarred by academic jargon, more intellectually respectable than pop sociology, more informative than scores of treatises on adolescent behavior, Is There Life After High School? is a joy to read.
– School Review

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Editorial Reviews

Bonnie Jo Dopp
Unmarred by academic jargon, more intellectually respectable than pop sociology, Lots of folks will understand this book all too well, and when they read it they will find their own agonizing memories of the high school experience stirred up and in need of exorcising. Keyes is perceptive and enlightening in his study of how Americans experienced high school, where the emphasis was on “status,” but where sex and sports and emotions were of primary concern, too.
Eric Mink
Frequently poignant, occasionally profound, and very funny.
Gene Shalit
Lively, filled with facts and fun memories that will make you remember yours.
Jane Manaster
Witty, angst-ridden confessional of the joyous and heart-rending memories of high school ... will start up hunts for yearbooks.
Susan Brownmiller
A sweetheart of a book . . . Ralph Keyes has mined a mother lode of American experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012624635
Publisher:
David Scott Publishers
Publication date:
02/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
1 MB

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