Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of College
In Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of College, I follow four of my college classmates for one year after graduation, jumping back and forth between their stories and my own. The book focuses on how we each navigated the transition between college and “real life.”
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Post Grad in the News
Media mentions, commentaries, and book reviews about Post Grad.
"Caroline Kitchener grew up hearing that strong women don't need to rely on a partner to have a happy and successful life. But after graduating college, her values clashed with real life: She decided to move to a new city with her boyfriend."
"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."
An excerpt from Post Grad.
"These women 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."
"In her new book, Caroline Kitchener interviews some of her classmates to see how they started their careers and staked out their independence.
"You're not alone if after college you have feelings of 'confusion, self-doubt, and isolation.' Hate to break it to you, but that's the norm."
"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."
"College students feel they don't need their parents while away at university. But after college, for parents and grads, things can get too close for comfort. WSJ contributor Caroline Kitchener offers tips for parents to strike peace with their recent college graduates."
"Caroline Kitchener’s Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of College 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."
Praise for Post Grad
"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, Editor-at-Large at Elle.com and former host on MSNBC
“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 and author of Unfinished Business
"With unflinching curiosity, a clear eye, and an open heart, Caroline Kitchener set out to tell the story of five Princeton classmates in their first year after college. The result is fascinating, at times disturbing, often moving, and always achingly honest."
- Evan Thomas, bestselling author of Robert Kennedy: His Life and former Editor-at-Large at Newsweek
"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, founder of Feministing.com and bestselling author of Full-Frontal Feminism