On Our Bookshelves

We read a lot, for business and for pleasure, and want to share with you some books that we've found to be especially insightful about parenting, education, learning differences, the college search process, and life.  Many of these authors we consider to be our friends and colleagues. Enjoy!

The Truth About College Admissions: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together. This the easy-to-follow, comprehensive, go-to guide covers every step of the college process from searching for colleges and creating a list of favorites to crafting an application, learning what schools are looking for academically and outside the classroom, and getting insight into how colleges decide who to accept, this book covers every important step.

Your Kid's Gonna Be Okay: Building the Executive Function Skills Your Child Needs in the Age of Attention. In this book, Michael Delman of Beyond Booksmart tackles the big worries that keep parents awake at night. In a conversational tone informed by deeply-rooted expertise, Delman illustrates how to connect meaningfully with your child and encourage habits that lead to success in school -- and in life.

At What Cost?: Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools  While most high schools promote themselves as being committed to students' holistic development in academics, athletics and the arts, and in their personal, social, and emotional growth, many students struggling with anxiety, depression, and their dangerous manifestations. Dr. David Gleason has investigated these concerns and has found that caring and dedicated parents and educators fully admit to over-scheduling, overworking and, at times, overwhelming their students and teenaged children. This conflict -- adults wanting to educate  adolescents in healthy and balanced ways, but simultaneously overwhelming them - is at the heart of this book.

The Ultimate Guide to College Transfer: From Surviving to Thriving by Lucia Tyler is  a comprehensive guide to making college transfer between four-year schools as successful as possible. Chapters outline the steps to take from the moment a student finds him/herself considering college transfer to the first semester at his/her next college. The book contains vignettes (based on real student stories) and excerpts from interviews with transfer students, parents, and higher education professionals. The information and advice they share will be helpful, informative, and reassuring to families going through a college transfer and enlightening to high school and college personnel.

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder  Through vivid stories and case histories of patients—both adults and children—Hallowell and Ratey explore the varied forms ADHD takes, from hyperactivity to daydreaming. They dispel common myths, offer helpful coping tools, and give a thorough accounting of all treatment options as well as tips for dealing with a diagnosed child, partner, or family member. But most importantly, they focus on the positives that can come with this “disorder”—including high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants  In his typical style, Malcolm Gladwell draws upon history, psychology and powerful story-telling to challenge how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, suffer from a disability, lose a parent, attend a mediocre school, or endure any number of other apparent setbacks.