I realized just a few chapters into I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS why it
should be another bestseller for legendary Tom Wolfe. Most of this
doorstop of a book (676 pages) takes place on the campus of
fictional Dupont College, a mid-size, baby ivy, basketball
powerhouse located just west of Philly (can you say Villanova?).
Its broad cast of characters includes all the usual college
stereotypes --- dumb jocks, church mouse poor pizza delivering
geniuses, boarding school born and to the manor bred Paris
Hilton-types, holier-than-thou professors, winning coaches, etc.
His female protagonist, Charlotte Simmons, hails