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College Possible Minnesota welcomes author Paul Tough to Minneapolis on October 14

College Possible Minnesota welcomes author Paul Tough to Minneapolis on October 14

Join Executive Director Geoff Wilson at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis on October 14 to welcome Paul Tough, author of The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes Or Breaks Us. Tough’s book, published on September 10, examines the current system of higher education in the United States and how it is and isn’t working for students. The Years That Matter Most brings to light many of the barriers and experiences faced by College Possible students on the path to a college degree.

A brief description of The Years That Matter Most:

Does college work? Does it provide real opportunity for young people who want to improve themselves and their prospects? Or is it simply a rigged game designed to protect the elites who have power and exclude everyone else?

In The Years That Matter Most, Paul Tough provides intimate profiles of young people making their way through this system: deciding how and where to apply, cramming for the SAT, braving a strange new campus, negotiating changing family relationships, and trying to find the resilience to recover from setbacks and downturns.

He shows us the individuals who, behind the scenes, make higher education go: from an SAT tutor hacking the test to a calculus professor turning potential drop-outs into math majors. He reveals the many shapes that college in America takes today, from Ivy League seminar rooms to community college welding shops; from giant public flagships to tiny, innovative experiments in urban storefronts. Is college worth it? The Years That Matter Most examines whether the American dream of opportunity and mobility is still worthy of our faith.

The Years That Matter Most Book Discussion & Signing with Paul Tough

Monday, October 14
7:00 p.m.

Magers & Quinn Bookseller
3038 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

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Paul Tough is the author of three previous books, including the best-selling How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, a regular contributor to This American Life, and an acclaimed public speaker on education, inequality, and success. Tough lives in Austin, Texas, and Montauk, New York. For more information, please visit

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