Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds, by Richard J. Light. A fascinating and highly readable account of the results of a project at Harvard in which students were asked what had been most useful to them in their college careers.

How to Raise an Adult, by Julie Lythcott-Haims. This provocative manifesto by the former dean of first-year students at Stanford University sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood.

Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger (Harper Perennial 5th ed., 2009).

Don’t Tell Me What to Do,  Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011). Written by two women involved with parent programs at Cornell, this book touches on virtually everything from the summer before first-year to post-college planning. The format consists of pairs of hypothetical conversations between parent and child on an issue: the first disastrous, the second, based on the principles the authors espouse, more effective.

When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parents Survival Guide, by Carol Barkin (Avon Books, 1999) A straightforward look at the issues, from the “Summer of Anticipation” to “Advice from a College Senior.”

You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me): Mentoring your Child During the College Years, by Marjorie Savage and based on 10 years of her work as a liaison between parents and the University of Minnesota.

The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only: A Parent’s Guide to the New College Experience, by Harlen Cohen. “[This] follow-up to author Harlan Cohen’s former edition, intended for incoming freshmen, is a full guide for parents and students’ successful transition to college.”: NACAC Bulletin review.