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That Book About Harvard    by Eric Kester order for
That Book About Harvard
by Eric Kester
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Sourcebooks, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Eric Kester is rather young to be already writing a memoir but, in this instance, it works because he only focuses on his first year at Harvard. The reader is invited to follow along as the insecure freshman copes with adjusting to a place that he never really feels comfortable in.

Even though he obviously had the grades and was a member of the school's football team, Kester still seems to lack a lot of confidence. Of course, that could well be just a persona he assumes to write this book and I have a feeling many of the events here were embellished to make them more entertaining.

Nevertheless, reading about the author's campus misadventures and some of the insights he provides are enjoyable and, at times, downright laugh provoking. Almost from the beginning (he locks himself out of his room wearing only a towel), Kester has social and academic problems which make him eventually comment, 'Now my goal was no longer to thrive at Harvard, but to survive Harvard.'

From finally meeting the coed he has a crush on to trying to join one of the prestigious campus Finals Club, this young man shares the events and acquaintances that made his freshman year so memorable. While at Harvard, Kester wrote a popular column for the school newspaper, The Crimson, that explored the lighter side of college life. He is also a feature writer for

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