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Guilty Admissions

Nicole LaPorte

Warwick’s presents
Nicole LaPorte
in conversation with Lacy Crawford

Guilty Admissions

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 4:00pm PST

Guilty Admissions
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This is a free virtual event on Facebook Live.

On Wednesday, March 3rd at 4:00pm PST Warwick's will host Nicole LaPorte as she discusses her new book, Guilty Admissions: The Bribes, Favors, and Phonies Behind the College Cheating Scandal, in conversation with Lacy Crawford. Nicole LaPorte is an LA-based senior writer for Fast Company. She previously was a columnist for the New York Times and a staff writer for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and Variety. She is the author of The Men Who Would Be King: Movies, Moguls, and a Company Called Dreamworks.

This entertaining exposé on how the other half gets in tells the shockingly true story of the Varsity Blues scandal, and all of the crazy parents, privilege, and con men involved.

Guilty Admissions weaves together the story of an unscrupulous college counselor named Rick Singer, and how he preyed on the desperation of some of the country's wealthiest families living in a world defined by fierce competition, who function under constant pressure to get into the "right" schools, starting with pre-school; non-stop fundraising and donation demands in the form of multi-million-dollar galas and private parties; and a community of deeply insecure parents who will do anything to get their kids into name-brand colleges in order to maintain their own A-list status.

Investigative reporter Nicole LaPorte lays bare the source of this insecurity--that in 2019, no special "hook" in the form of legacy status, athletic talent, or financial giving can guarantee a child's entrance into an elite school. The result is paranoia, deception, and true crimes at the peak of the American social pyramid.

With a glittering cast of Hollywood actors--including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin--hedge fund CEOs, sales executives, and media titans, Guilty Admissions is a soap-opera-slash-sneak-peek-behind-the-curtains at America's richest social circles; an examination of the cutthroat world of college admissions; and a parable of American society in 2019, when the country is run by a crass tycoon and all totems of status and achievement have become transactional and removed from traditions of ethical restraint.

A world where the rich get whatever they want, however they want it.

Lacy Crawford is the author of fiction and nonfiction, including the satire Early Decision and the memoir Notes on a Silencing, a New York Times Editors’ Choice that was named best of summer by Time, People, and Real Simple. Her literary journalism includes interviews and profiles of Frank Conroy, Reynolds Price, Geoffrey Wolff, and Shirley Hazzard. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Narrative, LitHub, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. She lives in California with her husband and three children. 

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ISBN: 9781538717097
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Published: Twelve - February 23rd, 2021