Her craftsmanship is unparalleled. I appreciated this book for its perspective — and for what I know will challenge mainstream audiences to think more deeply about masculinity. Writers twice her age have plenty to learn from her exhaustive reportage and sharp insight…. Robbins gets it all right.
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Her craftsmanship is unparalleled. I appreciated this book for its perspective — and for what I know will challenge mainstream audiences to think more deeply about masculinity. Writers twice her age have plenty to learn from her exhaustive reportage and sharp insight…. Robbins gets it all right. Our society would be smart to listen. Robbins has built her career giving voice and shape to the lives of teenagers. She manages to both inform and entertain. The portraits of the teens are compelling and make for an easy read.
Every parent of a college-bound daughter should read this book. And Alexandra Robbins: You go girl. Robbins writes with empathy and affection for her college-age subjects. Robbins brilliantly captures the thoughts and feelings of a generation pushed to excel while offering insight for turning this pervasive and potentially harmful drive into positive motivation. Very highly recommended. What is consulting? Alexandra helps companies target their audiences, schools address the needs of their students, writers achieve their goals, and businesses improve their public and media relations.
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The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids
Plains, and the Great Lakes, and figuratively The third and final writer of this concluding between wildness and domesticity, esthetics chapter is the late essayist Paul Gruchow — and practicality. The Midwestern pastoral ideal is just that: an ideal, an abstraction by , whose essays challenge the myth of which writers evaluate the actual circum- progress while celebrating the particularities of stance of people and place. In language equally polemical and poetic, Gruchow defends rural life and wild One might quibble with the author for nature. Writing mainly about his home state of omitting several other beloved Midwestern Minnesota, but also about Nebraska, Wyoming, writers from his thoughtful critique James and Montana, Gruchow portrays wilderness areas Whitcomb Riley, Booth Tarkington, and Carl not as sites for recreation or escape but as places Sandburg. Of course, Sherwood Anderson and one visits to be chastened and shaken from human Ernest Hemingway could each have had their arrogance. Gruchow recalls the vibrant and self- own chapters, though Barillas does discuss them sustaining communities of the Midwest back in in passing. These were places with ecology combined with his own felicitous narra- local stores, churches, schools, and community tive voice, give this book a convincing authority, centers.
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Using the example of some American teenagers, it centers upon overachievement in high school, emphasizing its negative effect in modern American society. It specifically examines the belief that being successful depends on attaining the perfect GPA and being accepted by the "right" college. Throughout the work, the author follows eight students who have a lifestyle where overachieving takes priority. She occasionally interrupts to address issues that affect one of the teens and explains its negative effect on an international scale. She puts the No Child Left Behind Act in a negative light by placing an emphasis on standardized tests and claims the college admissions process in the United States to be corrupt and inefficient. Robbins chose Whitman because "in the mids, in many ways Alexandra Robbins was these students, rushing through the same hallways, cramming anxiously for tests in the same classrooms, battling rivals on the same varsity fields. As a high school student, he had to deal with horrifying parental pressure to succeed and to come out on the top.