• I Left My Homework in the Hamptons

  • What I Learned Teaching the Children of the One Percent
  • By: Blythe Grossberg
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A captivating memoir about tutoring for Manhattan's elite, revealing how a life of extreme wealth both helps and harms the children of the one percent.

Ben orders daily room service while living in a five-star hotel. Olivia collects luxury brand sneakers worn by celebrities. Dakota jets off to Rome when she needs to avoid drama at school.

Welcome to the inner circle of New York's richest families, where academia is an obsession, wealth does nothing to soothe status anxiety and parents will try just about anything to gain a competitive edge in the college admissions rat race.

When Blythe Grossberg first started as a tutor and learning specialist, she had no idea what awaited her inside the high-end apartments of Fifth Avenue. Children are expected to be as efficient and driven as CEOs, starting their days with 5:00 a.m. squash practice and ending them with late-night tutoring sessions. Meanwhile, their powerful parents will do anything to secure one of the precious few spots at the Ivy Leagues, whatever the cost to them or their kids.

Through stories of the children she tutors that are both funny and shocking, Grossberg shows us the privileged world of America's wealthiest families and the systems in place that help them stay on top.

©2021 Blythe Grossberg (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Wah Wah Wah

Do I really want to hear how poor little tutor never heard of shoes that cost $135? This is a rant against Manhattan’s rich kids that has no humor, just resentment. I’m returning the book.

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Sobering

Beautifully written, artfully read. A sobering look at the 1% as they quest for college: the struggles of the students, travails of the tutors, and the sweat equity and dollars of the parents. But before the schadenfreude sets in, there is a subtext that asks us to be more human, especially when it comes to those we brought into the world.

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  • 02-10-22

Interesting read— especially the first and last two chapters

A little fun, a little thought provoking…looking forward to seeing what other books she’s written.

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It’s okay

The author repeats herself and waxes political at times. It is her story, but there’s an air of knowing better along with an under current of envy weighed with assessment of each family.
The families and the privilege is interesting and a bit sad.

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I'm a Tutor. This was Meh.

I just could not get my interest up and maintained. I'm a Professional Tutor and could not for the life of me fathom why she would stay in such an advanced state of poverty by choice. Yes, the dichotomy of the ultra-rich and ordinary people is interesting but after a while......................snooze. Just not compelling.

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very Well Done

I loved the book. It was informative with great insight on how the .01% are preparing their children to be just as successful as them.

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Each chapter is exactly like the last. Boring. Avoid
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Very entertaining and informative!

Should be read by every NYer who has or had a child in private school. It was a fast fun listen and very revealing.

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  • Lucy P
  • 09-28-21

Fascinating

This book gives a elegant lesson in how parents who can afford everything that money can buy, put excessive pressure on their children and schools to ensure that the only option is mega success.
I also loved the voices, learning journeys and stories of the anonymous tutored students.
This book is well worth listening to!

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