Book Reviews

Book Review: A Is For Admission

A Is for Admission : The Insider’s Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges, by Michele A. Hernandez Paperback – 288 pages;  Warner Books This book caused quite a stir when it first came out in the late ’90s. Hernandez is a former Dartmouth College admissions officer. She then decided to…

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Book Review: The Official Preppy Handbook

The Official Preppy Handbook, edited by Lisa Birnbach Paperback – 224 pages (1980 – currently out of print, but used copies may be available on Amazon.com) Workman Publishing The subtitle reads: “Look, Muffy, a book for us.” I hesitated before commenting on The Official Preppy Handbook, but it is such a timeless cult classic that…

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Book Review: How to Survive and Thrive in College

Once Upon a Campus: Tantalizing Truths about College from People Who’ve Already Messed Up (Paperback) By Trent Anderson (Author), Seppy Basili (Author) “Don’t expect to recognize yourself four years from now…”‘ This little 4.5-inch high, 8.5-inch wide, 272-page Kaplan Publishing book gets rave reviews from those who have read it. It offers universal, timeless wisdom…

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Book Review: Panicked Parents Guide To College Admissions

Words of Wisdom for Surviving the College Admission Process Straight Talk from Expert Admission Professionals Parents, beware. You may have survived glasses and braces, sleep-away summer camps and the purple-haired prom-date-from-hell, but if you haven’t yet taken on the college admissions process, watch out! And, as if this process wasn’t already confusing enough, the ever-exploding…

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Book Review: Colleges That Change Lives

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About Even If You’re Not a Straight-A Student (Revised Edition), by Loren Pope Paperback – 304 pages, Penguin USA This book has caused quite a stir among the Web’s college-discussion-group crowd. As the subtitle implies, it’s about a group of colleges that offer extraordinary educational value…

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Book Review: America’s Elite Colleges

America’s Elite Colleges: The Smart Applicant’s Guide to the Ivy League and Other Top Schools co-authored by Dave Berry Paperback – 352 pages, Random House, 2001 This book is a cut above those with similar titles… some of the best advice I’ve read recently about how to get into an Ivy League or other elite…

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Book Review: Hillel Guide To Jewish Life On Campus

Hillel Guide to Jewish Life on Campus (14th Edition), edited by Ruth Fredman Cernea and Jeff Rubin Paperback – 296 pages, Princeton Review; ISBN: 0375754709 Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Princeton Review-Random House publicity notes for this book aptly note: “With 85% of young…

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College Admissions Book: Successful Essays

Paperback – 299 pages; Mentor Books 100 Successful College Application Essays has been around for a while. On the cover, under the two authors’ names is the additional phrase “With Members of the Staff of The Harvard Independent.” There’s that name again. I have to wonder if Mentor Books’ marketing department would have included that…

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Book Review: Peterson’s Colleges With Programs for LD Students

Peterson’s Colleges With Programs for Students With Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorders (6th Revised edition), by Stephen S. Strichart, Charles T. Mangrum II, et al. Paperback – 672 pages, Petersons Guides With all the attention being paid these days to ADD-HD (Attention Deficit Disorder-Hyperactivity Disorder), the need emerged for a specialized college search tool,…

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Book Review: 10 Real SATs

10 Real SATs (2nd Edition), by The College Board Paperback – 681 pages (August 2000), published by The College Entrance Examination Board; ISBN: 0874476542 There’s an old song lyric that goes, “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby.” Well, if you’re planning to prepare to take the SAT I, you can get your hands on…

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