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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Berk Media, LLC (October 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615548830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615548838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Berk, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, award-winning humorist, stand-up comic, and author. A frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, she blogs for The Huffington Post, USA Today College, and MORE Magazine. Author of Secrets of a Bar Mitzvah Mom (2005), Nancy has been spotlighted in the New York Times and interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSN, and national magazines. One of the 2010 winners of the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, she has appeared on television and radio, and hosts two podcasts: Whine at 9 and College Mom Minute. Nancy and her husband Ron are the proud parents of a college graduate and a college freshman.

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Dr. Nancy Berk is an award-winning humorist who puts life on the couch for a laugh. A stand-up comic armed with a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and the skills of a therapist, professor, and researcher, she's been described as "Dr. Phil meets Tina Fey". Her latest book COLLEGE BOUND AND GAGGED: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind, tackles the tightrope millions of parents walk during the college process by throwing them a net and some laughs. Author of SECRETS OF A BAR MITZVAH MOM (2005), Nancy's been spotlighted in The New York Times about over-the-top bar mitzvahs and interviewed by The Wall Street Journal on how to navigate nightmare double dates.

One of the 2010 winners of the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, Nancy co-hosts Whine At 9, a weekly humor podcast spotlighting topical guests, and she is the voice behind SmartCollegeVisit's College Mom Minute.

She is a blogger for The Huffington Post, USA Today College, MORE Magazine's MORE.com, and TravelingMom.com. A frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and a columnist for SHADY AVE Magazine and MitzvahMarket.com, Nancy has appeared on television and radio, and on stage with her stand-up comedy. She and her husband Ron have two sons. They reside in Pittsburgh where she roots for the Steelers but still knows nothing about football.

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You'll learn a lot from this sage mom, and she'll make you feel better in the process.
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I really enjoyed reading this book because it was easy to get through the important information that is necessary, but added a great sense of humor.
Christin
College Bound and Gagged is a must read for all parents of high school students who will apply to college.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Weekend In Paris on December 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Teenagers can be reluctant participants in their own college selection process. Nancy found a way to provide lots of laughs along with practical advice for parents throughout the college hunting process which helps keep us all sane! College Bound and Gagged is a must read for all parents of high school students who will apply to college. Pick up a copy for yourself and another for those annoying braggadocios parents who annoy you - they'll get the hint, hopefully!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Carpenter on December 30, 2011
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College Bound and Gagged is a great collection of tips and wisdom to equip any adult who lives with a teenager going through what's known as "the college process." Clearly, Nancy has terrific insight into the nature of the beast--er, I mean, teenager, and her candid observations and suggestions will help many a parent or guardian transform what might be stressful into something fun. Read the book in any order you like; its mosaic structure lends itself well to the quick flashes of help she consistently offers. A great read! ( I recommended it to a new client of mine today.)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Crawford on December 18, 2011
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Nancy manages to take a complex and stress inducing topic and break it down in a fast, fun, honest, hilarious and helpful way. You wouldn't want to miss reading this book; clearly organized (lists of 5 for quick reference), truthful, and features opinions and quotes from top experts in the college market field. A refreshing, for parents, college scene read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AVPD on December 9, 2011
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Nancy is a terrific author--combining just the right balance of humor and information. College applications create a stressful time and Nancy's guidance takes the edge off of this anxiety filled confusing process. If your child is going to college, you need to read this---specifically before the student's senior year! I especially enjoyed the "Twas the Night Before SATS " video......
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amie on December 7, 2011
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This book is chock full of great advice for any parent facing the college process with their kids. Informative while entertaining, helpful and realistic, honest and thorough, this book was a huge help in understanding what to expect....and how to handle situations I never even new to expect. Great, easy read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Elizabeth Bennett on December 7, 2011
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There are so many college advice books out there and they all seem to have one thing in common: They make me nervous. Whether it's about SAT prep or searching for colleges, I've come away from these books feeling like the four years of college are more important than any others and you have to do it all "right" (whatever that is). Berk's treatment of the subject is completely different and refreshingly so. She provides plenty of tips and useful information, but she maintains a sense of humor (a great sense of humor, actually!) and she keeps things in perspective. It's wonderful if it all works out the way you planned, and Berk's detailed information will certainly help you achieve that goal. But Berk also makes it clear that it's not the end of the world if your child doesn't get in to the college of his/her choice, and it's not the end of the world if your child initially chooses the wrong place and eventually transfers. Berk's message is reassuring but also fact-based. You'll learn a lot from this sage mom, and she'll make you feel better in the process.
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I came across Nancy's book at a perfect time. Well, perhaps I could have used it last year - when our first born child was applying to college. But maybe having gone through that ordeal once without help made me appreciate this book even more when it did cross my path. I have four children, the second in line applying for college now. The advice, humor and operating instructions this book has to offer I know will make this round a much more successful process - for my applicant child, myself, my husband and our entire family. Humor is the key survival skill, which Nancy has in spades. It's not just a how to - next steps type of book - but it also addresses the emotional powerhouse that comes with the territory. As she recalls her own story, I am also comforted to see that I am not the only one who felt I was loosing a grip on an otherwise successful history of parenting. Yippee.. Thanks Nancy for writing this. There are so many books on how to prepare the student for college but none that I have ever seen on preparing the parent and the whole family. Lucky for us that you addressed this issue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christin on April 18, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book because it was easy to get through the important information that is necessary, but added a great sense of humor. Sometimes we tend to take these milestones in our childs life way to seriously and this book helped me to remember to breath a bit and try to enjoy the moment...even if my teen is driving me crazy!

This is a must read for any parent who hopes to send a child off to college...someday. :)
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