Post Grad: Five Women and their First Year Out of College

By Caroline Kitchener
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9.09 Hours 04/11/2017 unabridged
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A personal and deeply reported account of five women—including the author—and their prospects, opportunities, and frustrations in the first year after they graduate from Princeton. Contributor to the Atlantic and the Guardian and recent Princeton graduate Caroline Kitchener weaves together her experiences from her first year after college with that of four of her peers in order to delve more deeply into what the world now offers a female college graduate, and how the world perceives them. For lovers of Mary McCarthy’s classic The Group, Kitchener provides a modern nonfiction retelling of the ever-important, ever-formative post-graduation year. Each of the girls in this diverse group were expected to attend college, but had no expectations for their futures post-graduation. And as Kitchener moves from one girl to another: Talia, the filmmaker exploring polyamory and prostitution; Denise, aspiring doctor—and the daughter of hard-working doctors, who feels both stifled and comforted by their love; Jordan, whose brother becomes her protector when she came out to her deeply religious parents; and Stella, the rebellious singer/songwriter—it gets harder to reduce them to stereotypes or judge their choices. Kitchener moves expertly between the very personal and the wider sociological perspectives as she outlines a chronological year in the lives of all five women, illuminating and clarifying each one of their choices, victories, and foibles. Both a broad and an intensely individual exploration, Post Grad is a portrait of the shifting environment that these women are thrown into, as well as an intimate look at how a select group of very different individuals handles these challenges—navigating family tensions, relationships, jobs, and that ever elusive notion of independence.

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A personal and deeply reported account of five women—including the author—and their prospects, opportunities, and frustrations in the first year after they graduate from Princeton.

Contributor to the Atlantic and the Guardian and recent Princeton graduate Caroline Kitchener weaves together her experiences from her first year after college with that of four of her peers in order to delve more deeply into what the world now offers a female college graduate, and how the world perceives them. For lovers of Mary McCarthy’s classic The Group, Kitchener provides a modern nonfiction retelling of the ever-important, ever-formative post-graduation year.

Each of the girls in this diverse group were expected to attend college, but had no expectations for their futures post-graduation. And as Kitchener moves from one girl to another: Talia, the filmmaker exploring polyamory and prostitution; Denise, aspiring doctor—and the daughter of hard-working doctors, who feels both stifled and comforted by their love; Jordan, whose brother becomes her protector when she came out to her deeply religious parents; and Stella, the rebellious singer/songwriter—it gets harder to reduce them to stereotypes or judge their choices.

Kitchener moves expertly between the very personal and the wider sociological perspectives as she outlines a chronological year in the lives of all five women, illuminating and clarifying each one of their choices, victories, and foibles. Both a broad and an intensely individual exploration, Post Grad is a portrait of the shifting environment that these women are thrown into, as well as an intimate look at how a select group of very different individuals handles these challenges—navigating family tensions, relationships, jobs, and that ever elusive notion of independence.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Writing about a group of young women as they really are—and not as they are imagined by their parents, the media, or themselves—is an enormous challenge…Fascinating, at times disturbing, often moving, and always achingly honest.” Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author
“Documents the trials and successes that this diverse group of individuals encounter during their first year away from the relative security and certainty of campus existence…An intelligent and thoughtful exploration of postcollege life that will strike a chord with young adults and those interested in future women of action.” Library Journal
There’s no prep course for how to cultivate one’s independent identity or how to simultaneously parse parental expectations, personal dreams, and reality’s limitations. Sincere, eloquent, and thorough…a must read.” Angela Palm, author of Riverine
“Kitchener excels at sprinkling the multiple story lines with statistics to add clarity and insight to a truly challenging stage of life.” Publishers Weekly
“Offers an absorbing and introspective look at the challenges facing young women today as they attempt to find their footing on individual paths.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Caroline Kitchener

Caroline Kitchener graduated from Princeton in 2014 with a degree in history and gender studies. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Vox, and the Guardian. She currently lives in Washington, DC, with her partner and her two cats.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 9.09
Audience: Adult
Edition: English