It's Different at Dartmouth: A Memoir

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Vitality is the essence of my job""--and there's little doubt that the energetic wife of Dartmouth's president John Kemeny is no mere tea-pouring sluggard but the model of a modern campus First Lady. ""I was a superb fund raiser. . . if you believe a product is good, sell it."" And sell she does: the wisdom, brilliance, and integrity of Dartmouth's president; the rich variety and high caliber of students, faculty, Board of Trustees, and alumni (""Dartmouth's are the most loyal and supportive group of any institution in the country""); Hanover in all seasons; the college's innovative educational policies; and so on. Recent problems and projects are recapped: redecorating the vast, venerable President's House; smashing protocol, no less venerable; goldfish-bowl-living with two children; the pleasures and pains of being ""a good sport""; weather forecasting (with a garden reception for 3,000 impending); the exhausting, exhilarating alumni tour. There are some entertaining tips on coping: how to scan the dais before doffing shoes, how to handle racists or sexists or other offensive nuisances (in most cases, let 'em have it with both barrels). Certainly the role of a college president's wife has expanded in complexity, and the author makes a convincing case for her official recognition as an equal partner in a demanding, very public position. Ms. Kemeny is a drum beater, true, but there's many a smile and much good sense along with the boom-boom.

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