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Top Ten Tuesday: School Freebie–Books Set in Colleges or Universities


This week’s topic is “School Freebie” so make up your own topic around schools of any sort. I decided on colleges. I’ve done other posts on favorite school books in the past and will link them at the bottom of this post.

The Staff and Faculty Books


The Groves of Academe: A Novel by Mary McCarthy


The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen


Groundskeeping by Lee Cole. This novel has a character who is faculty (writer in residence) and character who is a student who also works on the college staff.


Changing Places by David Lodge


Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher


The Professor’s House by Willa Cather

Vera [Mrs Vladimir Nabokov] by Stacy Schiff, is a biography but includes so much about Cornell that I’m counting it. The Wife is a novel that pairs perfectly with Vera. As in The Netanyahus, faculty wives (today husbands or partners) are the unpaid half of a pair. Both are necessary for one career to flourish.

The Student Books

Each group counts as “one”

Harvard Law School

The Paper Chase: A Novel by John Osborne spawned a movie and a t.v. show.

One L by Scott Turow, a nonfiction book on the first year of Harvard Law School is the nonfiction counterpart to The Paper Chase and started his career.

Pinstripes and Pearls by Judith Richards Hope tells the (nonfiction) story of Elizabeth Dole and others who turned Harvard Law coed in 1964.

The Military Academies

Note to readers from outside the USA: The Military Academies in the USA are degree-granting, 4-year undergraduate colleges–not simply officer training schools. At the US Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy (Annapolis), US Air Force Academy, US Coast Guard Academy and US Merchant Marine Academy, engineering is the focus, with only a small percent of students allowed to major in other subjects. The private or state military colleges: The Citadel, Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Norwich University, Texas A & M, and a few others other majors are more easily had.

Dress Gray by Lucian K. Truscott IV is set at West Point.

The Lords of Discipline: A Novel by Pat Conroy tells the story of life at the Citadel (aka The Military College of South Carolina)

The Classic Harvard Undergrad


Class Reunion by Rona Jaffe (Radcliffe  and Harvard)

The Last Convertible: A Novel by Anton Myrer

Love Story by Erich Segal

Have you read any of these? Leave me a comment or a link to your own post on college books.


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14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: School Freebie–Books Set in Colleges or Universities

  1. I have usually always enjoyed school (I better have, since I was a teacher ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Richard Russo has written several academically-themed novels that I have enjoyed.

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  2. Oh wow, some real classics here! I love your Harvard undergrad classics category. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve read two of the three, although I couldn’t for the life of me tell you a think about The Last Convertible other than that I’ve read it. I remember the intensity of One L very well, though, and read The Lords of Discipline in a string of Pat Conroy books (and found it so disturbing). Great list!

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