Friday, September 14, 2012

Back to School for Grown-Ups - Novels with an Academic Setting

In other parts of the country, the days and nights are cooler, the air smells of fall. Students on campus are breaking out their long-sleeved shirts and sweaters.  Soon, the leaves will be turning and the days will be getting shorter.  While we're not there quite yet weather-wise here in Florida, we can still get a little of that fall feeling by revisiting school days in book form.  Here are some novels with an academic theme to help you recreate that feeling.

Murder 101 Mysteries series by Maggie Barbieri
An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender
Evening Class by Maeve Binchy
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman
The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
The Headmaster's Wife by Jane Haddam
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Schooled by Anisha Lakhani
Obedience by Will Lavender
My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman
To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman
The Notre Dame Mysteries series by Ralph M. McInerny
The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
Joe College by Tom Perrotta
The Crazy School by Cornelia Read
Straight Man by Richard Russo
Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Old School by Tobias Wolff

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