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Post Grad

Five Women and Their First Year Out of College

by Caroline Kitchener

On Sale: 04/17/2018

Price: $14.99

Post Grad

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Post Grad

Five Women and Their First Year Out of College

by Caroline Kitchener

On Sale: 04/17/2018


Price: $14.99

About the Book

“Intimate, compulsively readable and even occasionally shocking.” — Chicago Tribune

“The creativity and courage at the foundation of these stories is worth a thousand hours of counseling in any college career office.” — Melissa Harris-Perry, author of

 Sister Citizen

An honest and deeply reported account of five women and the opportunities and frustrations they face in the year following their graduation from an elite university

When she graduated from Princeton in the spring of 2014, Caroline Kitchener began shadowing four of her female classmates, interviewing them as they started to navigate the murky waters of post-collegiate life. Weaving together her own experience as a writer with that of these other women— a documentarian, a singer, a programmer, and an aspiring doctor—Kitchener delves deeply into what is offered to a female college graduate, and how the world perceives them. The five confront challenges ranging from parental estrangement to mental illness, financial anxiety and heartbreak, all the while tackling their nascent careers and forging their own paths forward.

Writing with the fervor of a journalist, the rigor of a sociologist, and the nuance and empathy of a skilled memoirist, Kitchener has crafted a brilliant work of reportage replete with vibrant, human characters. Both a broad and an intensely individual exploration, Post Grad is an account of the generation people can’t stop talking about, from one of its own.

Critical Praise

“Kitchener, herself a recent Princeton graduate, wants to be a writer — and she has done it. In Post Grad, along with detailing her own struggles, she burrows deep into the lives and psyches of four classmates. Her nonfiction narrative is intimate, compulsively readable and even occasionally shocking.” — Chicago Tribune

“Kitchener’s book...offer[s] n absorbing and introspective look at the challenges facing young women today as they attempt to find their footing on their own individual paths.” — Booklist

“And she is, without question, a talented writer. I read Post Grad in a single sitting . . . An engaging book.” — New York Review of Books

“These women [in Post Grad] defiantly contradict stereotypes, and Caroline does not reduce them to tokens. Post Grad reveals the complicated, painful, funny, messy, sometimes shocking, and entirely human journeys of young women with extraordinary educations.” — Elle

“Carefully reported, empathetic.” — Time

“With a strong command of narrative...Kitchener excels at sprinkling the multiple story lines with statistics to add clarity and insight to a truly challenging stage of life. Her book is highly recommended for recent grads stumbling through their newfound independence.” — Publishers Weekly

“With candor, the author discusses how she and her high-achieving, competitive cohorts adapted to life after the Ivy League, from navigating changing familial bonds to forging new romantic relationships to considering-and reconsidering-career options. As a Millennial...I found it engrossing and (at times a bit too) relatable.” — Library Journal

“Caroline Kitchener’s Post Grad is a book I wish had been published when I graduated from college and was floundering my way through my first year in the ‘real world.’” — Bustle

“A must-read book for April.” — Flavorpill

“Kitchener has the unique ability of being able to verbalize my every thought, feeling, and emotion regarding the experience of joining the ‘real world.’” — The Bi-College News

“Caroline Kitchener and her Ivy League classmates may not be exactly typical of their generation, but they are certainly entertaining. Post-Grad will challenge many young college graduates to consider a much more diverse range of career paths.” — Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America

“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, author of Being Nixon and Ike's Bluff

“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, Kitchener’s debut is a must read.” — Angela Palm, author of Riverine

“The creativity and courage at the foundation of these stories is worth a thousand hours of counseling in any college career office. I will be giving this book as a gift to all of my graduating senior advisees.” — Melissa Harris-Perry, author of Sister Citizen

“Caroline Kitchener’s Post Grad is sharply written and incredibly timely. Now more than ever we need women’s stories to lead the way, and Kitchener does it marvelously.” — Jessica Valenti, author of Sex Object and The Purity Myth

“Courageous...Strong, honest writing...An enlightening journey.” — PopMatters


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062429513
  • ISBN 10: 0062429515
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 04/17/2018
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.720 in (d)
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: $14.99
  • BISAC1 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
  • BISAC2 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies