Is There Life After High School? [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012624635
  • Publisher: David Scott Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 958,130
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ralph Keyes’s 16 books deal with topics ranging from time pressure to human height. Keyes’s bestseller Is There Life After High School? was made into a Broadway musical that is still produced in this country and abroad. Since being published in 1995 his book The Courage to Write has become a standard work among aspiring writers in particular.

Keyes’s recent books have focused on language. “Nice Guys Finish Seventh” and The Quote Verifier explore the origins of quotations, with an emphasis on correcting misconceptions about who said what. I Love It When You Talk Retro is about “retroterms,” words and phrases that are rooted in our past. His most recent book, Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms (titled Unmentionables in Great Britain) considers how and why we use so many evasive words.

Hundreds of articles and essays by Keyes have appeared in publications ranging from GQ to Good Housekeeping. An article he co-authored won the McKinsey Award for Best Article of the Year in the Harvard Business Review.

In addition to writing Keyes speaks to gatherings that range from professional, corporate and educational groups to ones for writers. He has also taught courses on writing at schools, colleges and writer’s conferences.

Following early media appearances on The Tonight Show and All Things Considered Keyes appeared on Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, and 20/20. On National Public Radio he’s been interviewed by Susan Stamberg, Robert Siegel, Noah Adams, Neal Conan, Brooke Gladstone, and Terry Gross (for Fresh Air, All Things Considered, On the Media, and Talk of the Nation). Keyes was one of Bob Edwards’s first guests on The Bob Edwards Show on XM Radio.

After graduating from Antioch College in 1967, Keyes did graduate work at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1968 to 1970 he was Assistant to the Publisher of Long Island’s Newsday. Following a decade as a Fellow of the Center for Studies of the Person in La Jolla, California, Keyes did free-lance writing and lecturing in the Philadelphia area. He now lives with his wife Muriel in Yellow Springs, Ohio. When not writing Keyes collects deco toasters and other vintage appliances. Keyes belongs to the Authors Guild, and is a Fellow of the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute. He is listed in Contemporary Authors and Who’s Who.
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