Unique 2016 summer reading list — from college admissions counselors and deans

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You can find summer reading lists during schools, libraries, on a Internet and in bookstore, though here’s a singular one that we can usually find in this post. This annual summer reading list for parents, students and everybody else– novels, memoirs, biographies, classics, new titles, etc.  — consists of recommendations from a organisation of college admissions counselors and deans.

There’s good novella and non-fiction; books on parenting (and “overparenting”), story and science. And, of course, there are, not surprisingly, books on college, removing in and staying there and what to post-college. You are expected to commend some of a endorsed authors, such as David Sedaris, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Angela Duckworth, Atul Gawande  — though a list will also display we to some new ones.

It was gathered by Brennan Barnard, executive of college conversing during  The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire, who annually asks college admissions deans and high propagandize counselors to send him recommendations of books that are good summer reads.  You can see last year’s list here; the 2014 list here, a 2013 list here in a New York Times, and this year’s, below, following an introduction from Barnard.
By Brennan Barnard

A raise of books sits precariously on my bedside table, Jenga-like, and for me, zero signals a start of summer some-more than this building of half-read books. It’s been building given a initial day of propagandize final tumble and it is as different as it is high, shortly to shade a tiny flare during a side. Summer is a ideal time to excavate into a raise and to tackle these titles, an repository of my year and my changing interests. Here are some highlights in a operation of genres:

College admission: “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to a College Admissions Mania” by Frank Bruni

Mindfulness and a teenage brain: “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of a Teenage Brain” by Dan Siegel

Inspiration: “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain

Memoir: “The Life and Times of a Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson

Novel: “Lake Wobegon Days” by Garrison Keillor

Exploration: “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into a Mystery and Art of Living” by Krista Tippett

Short stories: “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls” by David Sedaris

Standardized exam preparation: “Acing It! A Mindful Guide to Maximum Results on Your College Admissions Test” by Erika Oppenheimer

I asked my colleagues in high propagandize conversing and college acknowledgment to suggest their favorite reads from a year and here are their tip picks. Happy reading!

For Parents:

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls by a Seven Transitions into Adulthood” by Lisa Damour
Recommended by: Sally Diehl, Director of College Counseling, Roland Park Country School, MD

Far From a Tree: Parents, Children and a Search for Identity” by Andrew Solomon
Recommended by: Suzi Nam Director of College Counseling, Germantown Friends School, PA

Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids” by Wendy S. Grolnick, PhD. and Kathy Seal
Recommended by: Beth Ann Burkmar, The Hun School of Princeton, NJ

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert D. Putnam
Recommended by: Carrie Brodsky, Associate Director of College Counseling, Westtown School, PA

Age of Opportunity: Lessons from a New Science of Adolescence” by Laurence Steinberg
Recommended by: Amelia Johnson, Assoc. Dir. of College Counseling, Baylor School, TN

American Girls: Social Media and a Secret Lives of Teenagers” by Nancy Jo Sales
Recommended by: Meg Scott, Associate Director of College Counseling, The Agnes Irwin School, PA

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults” by Frances E. Jensen
Recommended by: Peter Jennings, Director of College Counseling, Concord Academy, MA

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of a Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success” by Julie Lythcott-Haims
Recommended by: Debra Shaver, Dean of Admission, Smith College, MA

The Curse of a Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence” by Rachel Simmons
Recommended by: Debra Shaver, Dean of Admission, Smith College, MA

The End of American Childhood” by Paula S. Fass
Recommended by: Susan Zarwell, Director of College Counseling. University School of Milwaukee, WI

The Gift of Failure” by Jessica Lahey
Recommended by: Jed Stuart, Associate Director of Admissions, The Gunnery, CT

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through The Seven Transitions Into Adulthood” by Lisa Damour, Ph.D.
Recommended by: Scott Orvis, Director of College Counseling, Saint Mary’s School, NC



Heroic Leadership” by Chris Lowney
Recommended by: Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Santa Clara University, CA

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College” by Harlan Cohen
Recommended by: Bruce Berk, Associate Director of College Counseling, The Derryfield School, NH

The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way” by Bill Bryson
Recommended by: Michael Stefanowicz, Assistant Director of Admission, Saint Michael’s College, VT

Class and Campus Life” by Elizabeth M. Lee
Recommended by: Jenni Pfeiffer, Associate Director of College Counseling, Rye Country Day School, NY

Creating a Class” by Mitchell Stevens
Recommended by: Jenni Pfeiffer, Associate Director of College Counseling, Rye Country Day School, NY

Where Everybody Looks Like Me: At a Crossroads of America’s Black Colleges and Culture” by Ron Stodghill
Recommended by: Jennifer Beros, Director of College Counseling, University School, OH

The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less” by Barry Schwartz
Recommended by: Carrie Horsey, Associate Director of College Counseling, Head-Royce School, CA

“U Chic, The College Girl’s Guide to Everything” by Christie Garton
Recommended by: Barbara Conner, Director of College Counseling, Foxcroft School, VA

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined: The law about talent, practice, creativity, and a many paths to greatness” by Scott Barry Kaufman
Recommended by: Susan Tree, Director of College Counseling, Westtown School, PA

The Boys in a Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold during a 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown
Recommended by: Alice Cotti, Director of College Counseling and 11th/12th Grade Dean, Polytechnic School, CA

There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for a Jobs of Tomorrow” by Jeffrey J. Selingo
Recommended by: Bernadette Condesso, Director of College Counseling, Poughkeepsie Day School, NY

Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in a Classroom” by Lisa Delpit
Recommended by: Liz Pleshette, Director of College Counseling, Latin School of Chicago, IL

Remaking College: Innovation and a Liberal Arts” by Edited by: Rebecca Chopp, Susan Frost, Daniel H. Weiss
Recommended by: Karen Bartlett, Assistant Director of Admissions, Middlebury College



The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach
Recommended by: Eric Ahlstrand, Assistant Director of Admission, Furman University, SC

Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Recommended by: Chemeli Kipkorir, Director of University Guidance, African Leadership Academy

Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals” by Mark Edmundson
Recommended by: Matt Struckmeyer, Director of College Counseling, Laguna Blanca School, CA

“Between a World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Recommended by: Elizabeth Jamett, Director of College Guidance, University Liggett School, MI

“Where Am we Wearing?” by Kelsey Timmerman
Recommended by: Tracy Stockard, Director of College Counseling Gilmour Academy, OH

Peak: Secrets from a New Science of Expertise” by Andres Ericson and Robert Pool
Recommended by: David Bonner, Dean, King Low Heywood Thomas School, CT

It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini
Recommended by: Moira McKinnon, Director of College Counseling, Berwick Academy, ME

Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything” by Victor J. Strecher
Recommended by: Mr. Nicholas Kourabas, Director of College Counseling, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, NY

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
Recommended by: Stephanie Balmer, Head of School, Harpeth Hall School, TN

The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
Recommended by: Jody Sanford Sweeney, Associate Director of College Counseling, William Penn Charter School, PA

Aristotle and Dante Discover a Secrets of a Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Recommended by: Scott Herrmann-Keeling, Mary Institute St. Louis Country Day School, MO

Grit: a Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth
Recommended by: Chadwick Fulton, Associate Director of College Counseling, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, TX

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson
Recommended by: Janelle Holmboe, Vice-President for Enrollment, Warren Wilson College, NC

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in a End” by Atul Gawande
Recommended by: Matthew DeGreeff, Director of College Counseling, Middlesex School, MA

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and a Art of Battling Giants” by Malcolm Gladwell
Recommended by: Ivar Moller, Director of North American Admissions, The University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Creativity, Inc., Overcoming a Unseen Forces that Stand in a Way of True Inspiration” by Ed Catmull
Recommended by: Rhody Davis, Director of College Counseling, Viewpoint School, CA

Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work (A StoryCorps Book)” by Dave Isay
Recommended by: Mindy H. Rose, Director of College Counseling, Peddie School, NJ

All a Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
Recommended by: Bruce Barton, Director of College Counseling, Holderness School, NH

Straight Man” by Richard Russo
Recommended by: Corie McDermott-Fazzino, Director of College Counseling, Portsmouth Abbey School, RI

City on Fire” by Garth Risk Hallberg
Recommended by: Carl Ahlgren, Director of College Counseling, Gilman School, MD

The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough
Recommended by: J. Carey Thompson, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications/Dean of Admission, Rhodes College, TN

Forever: A Novel” by Pete Hamill
Recommended by: Heath Einstein, Director of Freshman Admission, Texas Christian University, TX

This Is your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, a Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from a T-shirt Cannon” by L. Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers
Recommended by: Thomas Esponnette, Assistant Director of Admissions, Tufts University, MA

Lean In: Women, Work and a Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg
Recommended by: Elizabeth Cheron, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Northeastern University, MA

Guyland: a Perilous World Where Boys Become Men” by Michael Kimmel
Recommended by: Catherine McDonald Davenport, Dean of Admissions, Dickinson College, PA

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging” by Sebastian Junger
Recommended by: Peter J. Quagliaroli, Head of Upper School, St. Anne’s-Belfield School, VA

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