Suggested Reading

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Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 8.53.33 PMPeggy Orenstein’s book is an in-depth examination of the princess culture in the United States. It looks at how the culture of children is shaped by the movies they watch, the video games they play and the toys they play with. Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 8.57.22 PMJoshua Foer writes about his progress from having a poor memory to being an international memory champion. The book also gives great advice for building your own memory palace and other memory enhancing tips.
 Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 12.57.41 PMIs your parental anxiety climbing as your child gets closer to college? Are you sweating the SAT more than your kid? Do you fear a teen’s college selections might be based on a great cheese steak and hot campus tour guide? Every year millions of students graduate from high school. Approximately 70 percent will enroll in college. And at least a few million parents will tear their hair out. Stuck in a confusing, competitive, and costly process with a moody teen, parents are left searching for support, solutions, and reassurance that their kid will get into college and their family will return to normal. College Bound and Gagged is the straight-talking survival guide for anyone who needs to rein in their high school student or the crazy process. If you need the inside scoop on how to get the job done, but don’t have time for 300 pages of dry facts, or you’re searching for a little comic relief when it seems like there’s nothing to laugh about, you’re in the right place. Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 1.00.24 PM Choosing the right college has never been more important—or more difficult. For the latest edition of this classic college guide, Hilary Masell Oswald conducted her own tours of top schools and in-depth interviews, building on Loren Pope’s original to create a totally updated, more expansive work. Organized by geographic region, every profile includes a wealth of vital information, including admissions standards, distinguishing facts about the curriculum, extracurricular activities, and what faculty say about their jobs. Masell Oswald also offers a new chapter on how students with learning disabilities can find schools that fit their needs.
 Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 1.01.48 PMGwyeth Smith, known as Smitty, is a nationally renowned guidance counselor who believes that getting into college should be a kid’s first great moment of self-discovery. In Acceptance, David L. Marcus, Pulitzer Prize-winning former education writer for U.S. News & World Report, spins an absorbing narrative of a year in the lives of Smitty and “his” kids. Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 1.03.17 PM The cutthroat competition to get into the perfect college can drive students to the brink of madness and push their parents over the edge—and bury them in an avalanche of books that claim to hold the secret of success. Don’t worry: Crazy U is not one of those books. It is instead a disarmingly candid and hilariously subversive chronicle of the journey that millions of parents and their children undertake each year—a journey through the surreal rituals of college admissions.
 Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 1.04.32 PMIn the fall of 1999, New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Wesleyan University. Over the course of nearly a year, Steinberg accompanied admissions officer Ralph Figueroa on a tour to assess and recruit the most promising students in the country.  Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 1.07.00 PMThis bestseller has been completely updated to provide you with the answers that you need to find wonderful colleges and universities at more affordable prices. The second edition of The College Solution, which contains approximately 90% new material, is aimed at helping parents and teenagers become empowered consumers as they navigate through the college process. Billions of dollars are available to pay for college, but not everybody gets their share. It’s not always the families with the brightest students or the parents who are struggling financially who receive the most money. The College Solution shares the secrets of how you can capture some of this money for your own family.