“Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance” by Atul Gawande
Recommended by Timothy Pratt, director of college advising, St. Paul’s School, Concord, N.H.
“Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm Gladwell
Recommended by Paul Sunde, director of admissions, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
“The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy” by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell
Recommended by Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling, the Derryfield School, Manchester, N.H.
“The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price” by Lynn O’Shaughnessy
Recommended by Aaron Fulk, associate director of college counseling, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
“How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character” by Paul Tough
Recommended by Cathy Davenport, executive director of admissions, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.
“The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up” by Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore
Recommended by Betsy Dolan, director of college counseling, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.
“I’m Going to College — Not You! Surviving the College Search With Your Child” by Jennifer Delahunty
Recommended by Roland M. Allen, director of college counseling, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
“Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life” by Martin E. P. Seligman
Recommended by Matthew J. DeGreeff, director of college counseling, Middlesex School, Concord, Mass.
“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck
Recommended by David S. Bonner, director of college counseling, King Low Heywood Thomas School, Stamford, Conn.
“The Parents We Mean to Be” by Richard Weissbourd
Recommended by Gretchen Bean Bergill, associate director of college counseling, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.
“SAT Wars” by Joseph A. Soares
Mentioned in The Choice, “College Admissions Books for Your Summer Reading Pleasure”