Books: Magna Cum Laude

I WENT TO PIT COLLEGE—Lauren Gilfillan—Viking ($2.50). Diminutive Lauren Gilfillan graduated from Smith College in 1931 and, like many of her generation, could find no job. So she decided to go to a Pennsylvania mining town, write a book about it. The result of her adventures is an absorbingly interesting record, written with such artful candor that it reads like a first-rate novel. I Went to Pit College will be an eye opener to anyone who supposes that a serious book about striking miners must be either a dreary factual study or hysterical...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!