Announcing The Chronicle Book Club’s Summer Read

The Chronicle Book Club is back this summer, reading The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem, by Joel and Eric Best. The book is highly readable look at the student-debt bubble, a subject no doubt of personal interest to many of you. You can get a sense of the book by reading this blog post the authors wrote in March.

You might want to purchase a copy as soon as possible; several readers had trouble getting our last book.

Many readers gave us feedback on the book club’s first outing. We are working to incorporate some of the suggestions, including opportunities for author involvement as well as options to improve the online discussion. Watch for a post on Monday, June 2, that explains the changes. (It’s helpful to bookmark the book club’s homepage.)

Here is the reading schedule. We’ll begin reading on Monday, June 9, and cover one chapter a week.

June 9: Chapter 1, “Good Intentions and Wasted Brainpower”
June 16: Chapter 2, “Disillusionment and Deadbeats”
June 23: Chapter 3, “Outrage and Crushing Debt”
June 30: Chapter 4, “Dread and the For-Profit Bubble”
July 7: Chapter 5, “Prospective Student-Loan Messes”
July 14: Chapter 6, “Beyond Making Messes?”

Do you have questions, comments, or concerns? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting to @vindefran.

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