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Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess (What Your College Student Won't Tell You)

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by Barrett Seaman, John Wiley and Sons, 2005. Former Time Magazine reporter, and trustee at his alma mater, Hamilton College, offers an eye-opening perspective on current student affairs and campus life.

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Guide to the College Years

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by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller, St. Martin's, 2000. (Schelhas-Miller is on the faculty at Cornell.) "One of the most difficult parts of being the parent of a college student is observing from afar as your child makes the often bumpy transition from dependence to independence. After years of being a responsible, caring, and 'in control' parent, this change can be frightening, rewarding, and nerve-racking-- sometimes all in the same week!"

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years

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by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, Perennial Books, 2003.

The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids

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by Madeline Levine, Ph.D., 2006. Read the July 25, 2006 book review from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

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by Karen Zailckas, Viking Penguin, 2005.

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide

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by Carol Barkin, Avon Books, 1999.

You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years

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by Majorie Savage, 2003.

College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It

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by Richard D. Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo (2004).