Book Reviews

Book Review: On Writing The College Application Essay

On Writing the College Application Essay, by Harry Bauld Paperback – 138 pages, August 1987, published by Barnes & Noble This little college book is worth its weight in acceptance letters. It’s as fresh and pertinent today as it was back in 1987 when it first came out. Not many college books go through as ...

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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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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: 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: 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: Please Understand Me

Please Understand Me: Character & Temperament Types, by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates Paperback – 208 pages, Prometheus Nemesis Books This book changed my life. Its introductory words tell the tale: “If I do not want what you want, please try not to tell me that my want is wrong. Or if I believe other ...

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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: Smart Parents Guide To College

Smart Parents Guide to College: The 10 Most Important Factors for Students and Parents When Choosing a College, by Ernest L. Boyer and Paul Boyer Paperback – 227 pages, Peterson’s Guides The late Ernest Boyer was president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and a legendary, nationally known expert on American education, ...

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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: Student Athlete’s Guide to College

The Princeton Review Student Athlete’s Guide to College. by Hilary Abramson Paperback – 195 pages; Princeton Review-Random House Let’s face it. Collegiate sports are big business. (Obvious statement #1) Elsewhere here in our book-review section, we discussed Peterson’s big book of sports program and scholarship information, which is a good way to start looking for ...

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