Friday, September 19, 2008

Top 25 boarding school books

At the London Times, Sarah Ebner named her top 25 boarding school books.

Two American novels from her list:
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld's exceptional novel was turned down by 14 out of 15 publishers. They must have felt rather stupid when the book began climbing the New York Times best-seller list and was optioned by a major Hollywood studio. It's the story of scholarship girl, and misfit, Lee Fiora, and her time at an exclusive new England prep school. A fine coming of age tale.

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

"Sleep tight, ya morons!" yells Holden Caulfield, as he leaves his prep school, and it's the start of one of the best books you will ever read. If you haven't read it for a while, do so again, as it just gets better with age!

If it's such a classic, you're probably asking, why this book only just squeezes onto the list. It's because, let's be honest, it's not really a boarding school book, is it?
Read about all 25 titles on Ebner's list.

--Marshal Zeringue