Friday, April 2, 2010

Book Giveaway: Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Valerie and Hatchette Book Group are generously sponsoring a giveaway of Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

About the Book:
"Admissions. Admission. Aren't there two sides to the word? And two opposing sides...It's what we let in, but it's also what we let out."

For years, 38-year-old Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy (and sometimes punishing) career as a Princeton University admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia is faced with an extraordinary test. Just as thousands of the nation's brightest students await her decision regarding their academic admission, so too must Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission.

Admission is at once a fascinating look at the complex college admissions process and an emotional examination of what happens when the secrets of the past return and shake a woman's life to its core.

About the Author:
Jean Hanff Korelitz was raised in New York City and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of the novels A Jury of Her Peers (1996), The Sabbathday River (1999), The White Rose (2005), and Admission (2009), as well as a children's novel Interference Powder (2003) and a book of poems, The Properties of Breath (1988).

She has contributed articles and essays to many magazines including Vogue, Real Simple, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, More and Travel and Leisure (Family) and the anthologies Modern Love and Because I Said So. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, Princeton professor Paul Muldoon, and their children, and works full time as a writer and part time as a chauffeur (mom).

In 2006 and 2007 she worked for Princeton's Office of Admissions as an outside reader.


To enter, please share an anecdote about your own college admission process or about student life.
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. No email address, no entry.
2. You must be a follower to join the contest.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at noon on April 30, 2010.

Thank you so much to Valerie and Hatchette Book Group for sponsoring this giveaway!


  1. My college admissions seemed to go smoothly. I don't really remember much about it, other than completing the application and submitting with my high school transcripts. I first went to community college, so that might be why. I did so well at the community college (ahem...4.0!) that getting into my four year university was a piece of cake! I do miss college, it was so fun!
    I am a follower and my email is

  2. College enrollment to take courses for the first semester was weird. Because freshmen were the last to register most courses were already filled and closed. I wound up taking all language courses: Spanish, French, German and Hebrew.

    I'm a follower.


  3. Please count me in. Thanks for the chance. I went to college in Albany and my dorm room was on the 17th fl. And every Sat night someone would pull the fire alarm and we would have to walk down 17 flights and then back up because the elevators were turned off due to the alarm. How annoying.

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  4. I went to a HUGE University for my freshman year. I HATED it!! i felt lost. For my sophomore year I transferred to a much smaller private college where I did well. I am the type of person that can't be just a number, I have to be a person too. I am a Follower.

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  5. I was valedictorian of the largest class that has ever graduated from any of our city's three high schools and received a full ride for my freshman year at the university where I had always dreamed of attending. As a member of the University Scholars, I readily discovered that I was one of the dummies of the class. We got first pick of all of our classes in back of the seniors. I have to admit that I learned more in my first semester of college than I have at any other time in my life. It was a whole new world, and I loved it.

    Thank you,


  6. I couldn't seem to narrow my college choices and applied to over 20 school! In retrospect, many of them were schools I never really intended to go to and I could have saved lots of time, money(and printer cartridges) if I had just been honest with myself and my parents!

    Thanks for this giveaway!
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  7. My college admissions went rather smoothly. I got into my first choice college and loved my time there!
    I am a follower

  8. I am a follower. Please enter me in the contest.

  9. I am a follower, sounds like a good read.


  10. My college admissions went smoothly. I applied for summer courses first, directly after I graduated high school. I then transferred to another school when my family moved. I was a commuter too, so I didn't do the whole college dorm or sorority thing. But, I made a few friends, had some really awesome professors, and learned more than I thought that I would.

    Follower. bekki1820cb at gmail

  11. While interviewing at Sarah Lawrence my Dad had a diabetic attack. I got into my first choice before I even finished applying to SL, but I have to say the people in Bronxville are awesome, and I think it's due to their quick thinking that my Dad's still here today.

  12. I didn't go to college. I married right after high school. But I have Nieces and Nephews in college and a lot to still reach college age. I'd like to win this book.
    I am a follower through GFC