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BY D.S. Marquis

Of School and Women, a rollicking journey of two women striving to get ahead and find love in 80s Florida. Based on real life

Enter a world before smartphones and computers, when information traveled via television, radio, juke boxes, and pay phones. Showing up was the only way to make friends and find jobs. The news was filled with the Iran Contra Affair and the War on Drugs. Airports had no Transportation Security Administration (TSA). And college students completed assignments on paper with typewriters.


This is the world of Lynette and Marie, two badass undergrads -- one cautious, one impulsive, both a mix of grit and vulnerability. They’ve learned that life is messy, and they’re determined to clean it up by finishing school. Whether their affirmations come from Shakespeare and Einstein--or maybe even prayer and clergy--, they are under the influence of pop culture, nature, and their own snappy catchphrases.  A favorite? If you can’t be good, be careful.


Their freewheeling experiences, almost farce but grounded in reality, are the heart of this near-miss narrative that not only entertains, but intimately sheds light on serious women’s issues, working student issues, and the trials of adulting and finding love. This book reminds us about the importance of friendship and laughter, and especially about how anyone can be one weak moment away from falling victim to scams or a life-altering mistake. 


This blend of rollicking women's memoir and life lessons book is based on the author’s real life experiences as an undergrad during her early twenties, when she attended Florida State University (FSU), and bartended at the Tallahassee Airport (1985-1987).  

"Riveting, evocative, historically accurate, and humorous! A clever mingling of cultural nostalgia with timeless life lessons!”

— Josephine Strand, author

“A fresh and realistic slice of 1980s Americana.”

— C.J. Pearson, author

“Beautifully written friendship story about the trials of adulting.”

— Paula C. Deckard, writer

“An original tale anchored in social justice. The Afterword is a must read!"

— Lori Robbins, author

“A Near miss narrative that entertains and spotlights serious issues!"

— Jennifer Cyphers, librarian

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