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In the Basement of the Ivory Tower

Author: Professor X

Publisher: Viking Books


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In the Basement of the Ivory Tower : What drives a former English major with a creative writing degree, several unpublished novels, three kids, and a straining marriage to take a job as a night teacher at a second-rate college? An unaffordable mortgage.<br /> <br /> As his house starts falling apart in every imaginable way, Professor X grabs first one, then two jobs teaching English 101 and 102 - composition and literature - at a small private college and a local community college. He finds himself on the front lines of America's academic crisis. It's quite an education.<br /> <br /> This is the story of what he learns about his struggling pupils, about the college system - a business more bent on its own financial targets than the wellbeing of its students - about the classics he rediscovers, and about himself. Funny, wry, self-deprecating, and a provocative indictment of our failing schools, <i>In the Basement of the Ivory Tower</i> is both a brilliant academic satire and a poignant account of one teacher's seismic frustration - and unlikely salvation - as his real estate woes catapult him into a subprime crisis of an altogether more human nature.<br /> <br /></div>

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Biography & Autobiography   Political

ISBN 13:9780670022564
ISBN 10:067002256X
Size:8.55" l x 5.87" w x 1.04" h
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