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  1. 11.0 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Race to Nowhere, Vicki Abeles’ groundbreaking documentary about our educational system, tapped into an important and widespread problem in our nation’s schools: from high-schoolers to kindergartners, an entire generation of American students are being pressured to perform in ways that make them less intellectually flexible, creative, and responsive to a changing world. Vicki brought home with startling clarity how, as students race against each other to have constantly higher grades, better test scores, and more AP courses than their classmates, they are damaging their own mental and physical health. Race to Nowhere at last opened up this immensely valuable conversation, and generated a huge grassroots movement to talk about the problem and look for change. In the same way that she drew out a massive community response to raise awareness of the problem, Vicki taps into this same grassroots enthusiasm to find the solutions. With the same sharp research and anecdotal studies that went into the creation of the documentary, Vicki uses Race to Nowhere’s considerable national platform to continue this all-important conversation, seeking out success stories from students, parents, schools, universities, and experts to inspire and instruct those who are eager to create change. We will see examples of teachers who have cut the workload in half and seen scores rise; parents who have taken the pressure off of their kids only to find their motivation and abilities rise on their own; schools that have instituted later start times so that the kids are getting the sleep they need, and then seen a corresponding rise in efficiency of learning. Everyone is aware that the system is broken, and—through the same winning combination of widespread research and anecdotal evidence that drove the documentary’s grassroots success—Vicki shows with real evidence how practical solutions and actions taken at any level (from the students and parents to the institutions themselves) can help turn the tide and change the system. The result will help students succeed, not just on the race to college—keeping them strong, mentally and physically, for life.

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    Beyond Measure

    11.0 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.9 hrs • 8/11/2015 • Unabridged

    Updated ten years after it’s original publication, Pledged by Alexandra Robbins is as timely today as it was when first published. With salacious breaking news about fraternities and sororities shocking the general public (and members themselves) Pledged exposes what really goes on behind the facades of some of these Greek organizations. Robbins, an investigative journalist, went undercover as a sorority sister; her expose is a breathtaking narrative of tumultuous breakups, fights, drunk driving, stalkers, cover-ups, predation by faculty and staff, theft, rape, and an abundance of drugs and alcohol, and much, much more.

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    Pledged

    12.9 hrs • 8/11/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 15.1 hrs • 5/3/2011 • Unabridged

    In a smart, entertaining, reassuring book that reads like fiction, Alexandra Robbins manages to cross Gossip Girl with Freaks and Geeks and explain the fascinating psychology and science behind popularity and outcasthood. She reveals that the things that set students apart in high school are the things that help them stand out later in life. Robbins follows seven real people grappling with the uncertainties of high school social life, including:The loner, who has withdrawn from classmates since they persuaded her to unwittingly join her own hate clubThe popular bitch, a cheerleading captain both seduced by and trapped within her clique’s perceived prestigeThe nerd, whose differences cause students to laugh at him and his mother to needle him for not being “normal”The new girl, determined to stay positive as classmates harass her for her mannerisms and target her because of her raceThe gamer, an underachiever in danger of not graduating, despite his intellect and his yearning to connect with other studentsThe weird girl, who battles discrimination and gossipy politics in school but leads a joyous life outside of itThe band geek, who is alternately branded too serious and too emo, yet annually runs for class president In the middle of the year, Robbins surprises her subjects with a secret challenge—experiments that force them to change how classmates see them. Robbins intertwines these narratives—often triumphant, occasionally heartbreaking, and always captivating—with essays exploring subjects like the secrets of popularity, being excluded doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you, why outsiders succeed, how schools make the social scene worse—and how to fix it. The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth is not just essential reading for students, teachers, parents, and anyone who deals with teenagers, but for all of us, because at some point in our lives we’ve all been on the outside looking in.

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    The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

    15.1 hrs • 5/3/11 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.6 hrs • 7/9/2008 • Unabridged

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. Fully one-third of men ages twenty-two to thirty-four are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past twenty years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Parents, teachers, and mental-health professionals have voiced concern, but no one has come up with good reasons for their decline or, more importantly, with workable solutions to reverse this troubling trend—until now. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on his vast clinical experience to propose a theory of why boys and young men are failing in school and at home. He argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs, is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Here, he presents his practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys’ use of video games to innovative education reforms.

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    Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD

    Boys Adrift

    7.6 hrs • 7/9/08 • Unabridged
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  5. 11.4 hrs • 12/1/2006 • Unabridged

    The creator of Animal House at last tells the real story of the fraternity that inspired the iconic film—a story far more outrageous (and funny!) than any movie could ever capture. Animal House, the film adaptation of stories Chris Miller published in National Lampoon about his experiences at a Dartmouth fraternity, is among the most beloved and successful comedies of all time. In fact its portrayal of college party life is still imitated on campuses across the country—toga party, anyone? Now nearly thirty years after the movie hit theaters, there are no taboos left, and Chris Miller can finally answer the fans who all want to know one thing: was it really like that? The answer: yes—but much, much more out of control! Here for the first time are the real stories of Alpha Delta Phi. Like the one about the frat brother who entertained the house by lighting his hair on fire—not the hair on his head, however. Or about the pledge who trick-or-treated around campus in a very revealing jack-o-lantern costume. Or about initiation night when a frozen hot dog became very painful for two rushes. Wild and hilarious, The Real Animal House is a must-read for any fan of the film and anyone who remembers their college days as a blur of great parties and solid friendship.

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    The Real Animal House

    11.4 hrs • 12/1/06 • Unabridged
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