Your son or daughter is applying to college this fall. Here is a Parents' Summer Reading List

For parents of rising high school seniors, this is the calm before the storm. Well, hopefully, these days are calmer than the August through November stretch of college applications.

To prepare yourself for coming days, it might be fun to read a book or two about the college application process. There are plenty of serious books, to be sure.  But you can also pick up a fun read, something for the beach that will make you laugh. Here are three good choices for vacation reading.


Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College, by Andrew Ferguson

Ferguson is a journalist who recounts the story of his son’s college search. Ferguson sticks to facts as he explains the inexplicable in comprehensible prose. And he is funny. Very few of us can inject humor into a clear description of standardized testing. If you are about to pay a lot of money for it, this is a good way to understand it.


Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming and Just Plain Different, by Donald Asher

Asher is part college counselor, part misfit, part oracle. He is the master of rummaging through colleges and their public relations to distill colleges’ strengths, and laying them out in plain fashion. The book’s second paragraph mentions “blatant glorification,” a “personal vendetta,” and “some kind of pattern recognition thing.”


The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College Admissions, by JD Rothman

Rothman is a comedy screenwriter. First she blogged about her son’s college search, and then wrote this book. Rothman sees the absurdity that is part of the experience. If you are part tiger mother or father, and you have a sense of humor, you will howl. Very very quotable.