Book Reviews

Book Review: Elements Of Style, Application Essay Guide

The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White Paperback – 105 pages; 4th edition, Allyn & Bacon; If you haven’t encountered this timeless classic in high school, you’ll be seeing it in freshman English at college. The wisdom in this little volume is the shortest route between your current writing skill level

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Book Review: Going Broke By Degree

Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much, by Richard Vedder Hardcover – 259 pages (June, 2004) American Enterprise Institute Press It’s no secret that college costs have been rising faster than income – ask any parent (or student) who has written a tuition check in recent years. Each year, it seems, the press

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Book Review: Princeton Review’s Best 331 Colleges

Princeton Review’s Best 373 Colleges, 2011 Edition This perennial best seller is a quick-and-easy guide to learning some “inside” subjective opinions about hundreds of American colleges and universities. I’ve been a fan of this book as a college search tool for many years. Why? Well, I like the quotes gathered from real students at the

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Book Review: 101 TIPS On Getting Into Medical School

101 TIPS on getting into MEDICAL SCHOOL (Paperback) By Jennifer C.Welch Gegensatz Press; first edition (May 10, 2007) ISBN-10: 1933237066 When this book first landed on my desk about a year ago, a quick flip though evoked a disappointed, “Duh!” My random riffling took me to such suggestions as, “Being a bridesmaid is not an

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Book Review: Improving Your Grades in College

B’s and A’s in 30 Days: Strategies for Better Grades in College (Paperback) By M.A., Eric Jensen and Tom Kerr “Congratulations! You have chosen B’s and A’s in 30 Days-a proven, user-friendly grade booster…” This is a real Best Buy, since this quite helpful and easy to read grade-counseling manual is available from Amazon for

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Book Review: Organizing From The Inside Out For Teenagers

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teenagers: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life (Paperback) By Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colon “So, you want to get organized…” I had to chuckle when I first read the big blurb at the top of the back page of this book: “America’s #1

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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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