• EDUCATION

The Shadow Scholar

Who knew plagiarism could be so profitable? For years, Dave Tomar earned $10 to $20 a page crafting academic essays to order for college kids. Alternately proud and repentant, he recreates the harried lifestyle of a professional paper-writer and examines the pressures that foster an environment wherein cheating is encouraged and rewarded.

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  • EDUCATION

Fire in the Ashes

Jonathan Kozol has famously documented the lives of children growing up poor in the land of plenty in works like Death at an Early Age and Amazing Grace. Now he reflects on the successes and failures of those he's followed through adulthood. These are inspirational, often heartrending stories of strength and love in the face of adversity.

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  • EDUCATION

The New Kids

Forty-five different home countries, twenty-eight spoken languages, countless challenges, and a widespread commitment to overcoming them. That's what Brooke Hauser found when she spent a fascinating -- and instructive -- year chronicling the lives of the diverse students and dedicated educators at the International High School in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights neighborhood where the immigrant dream struggles to come true.

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April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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