That Book about Harvard by Eric Kester
Surviving the World's Most Famous University, One Embarrassment at a Time

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"Eric Kester has written the kind of book I wish I had the courage and insight to write. His illuminations on everything from Larry Summers to the Harvard football team to cheating, tourists, and competitiveness are dead–on. His writing has also provided me with some of the best laugh–out–loud moments I've had in recent years. God knows Harvard could use some humor!" —PETER OLSON, FORMER CEO OF RANDOM HOUSE, HARVARD GRADUATE, AND CURRENT HARVARD PROFESSOR

One of the most thrilling and terrifying days of your life is the first day of college, when you step onto campus filled with the excitement of all the possibilities ahead—and panic about if you'll make it and how you'll fit in.

Now imagine that same feeling, but you're in the middle of the lawn at the world's most prestigious university.

In your underwear.

Thus begins one of the craziest years ever at Harvard, in which Eric Kester finds himself in a cheating scheme, trying to join a prestigious Finals Club, and falling for a stunning type-A brunette...who happened to be standing there in shock that first day when he made his red-faced stroll across the Harvard Yard.

That Book about Harvard is the hilarious and heartwarming story of trying to find your place in a new world, the unending quest to fit in, and how the moments that change your life often happen in the most unexpected ways.

Eric Kester graduated from Harvard in 2008, where he wrote a popular column for the undergraduate newspaper, the Crimson. Now a featured writer for, Eric has also contributed to the Boston Globe, and


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Eric Kestergraduated from Harvard in 2008, where he wrote a popular column for the college newspaper, The Crimson, and The Crimson online edition titled "Are You Serious?", which explored the lighter side of life at Harvard and of the college experience in general. He is also a featured writer for the popular website
Published July 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks. 347 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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If the book’s cast of characters aren’t actually invented, they certainly adhere to college-comedy stereotypes: the hotheaded football coach, the nerdy math whiz who uses hip-hop slang to boast about his nonexistent sexual prowess, the wacky roommate and the out-of-touch college president.

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Like many other successful high school students, Kester struggles during freshman year with finding his identity, although with heightened anxieties that come with Ivy League admission.

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From being used in place of the tackle dummy for football practice to trying to adjust to an Irish roommate he could barely understand, from comtemplating cheating to participating in bizarre rituals to try to get accepted into a "final club" (Harvard's version of a fraternity house), from nearly...

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(Although admittedly, there were a few times that the teacher in me – yes, I teach college students now – wanted to smack him upside the head and say “You’re doing this to yourself, idiot!”) This book, incidentally, makes me very glad I did not consider Harvard – it doesn’t paint the most beautif...

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