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Karen Levin Coburn, Author of Letting Go Speed Interview

Karen Levin Coburn, Author of Letting Go | Speed Interview

The Children’s Book Review | July 22, 2016

Karen Levin Coburn, Author of Letting Go Speed Interview

The Children’s Book Review: Which five words best describe LETTING GO: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years?

Karen Levin Coburn: Reassuring, informative, warm, honest, insightful

Can you share one highlight from LETTING GO: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years with our readers?

Students unspoken advice to parents: ”Sometimes we want your advice; Sometimes we don’t. We just won’t tell you which time is which.”  

What has been the best reaction from a reader, so far?

A reader who said, “ I kept this book on my bedside night table and turned to it again and again all four years that my daughter was in college. Every time I opened it, I found something helpful.”

What’s on your nightstand? Any books?

“ Catastrophic Happiness” by Catherine Newman

“ Between the World and Me” Ta-Nehisi Coates

For your writing energy: sugar or salt, tea or coffee?

Coffee!

Writing tools: computer, pen and paper, or all of the above?

Computer

Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?

I have three year old twin granddaughters who are waiting for me to write a book that has picture in it!

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Letting Go - A Parents Guide to Understanding the College Years LETTING GO: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years

Written by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

Publisher’s Synopsis: The sixth edition of this classic parents’ guide and college orientation staple has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the realities of college today.

For more than a decade, Letting Go has provided hundreds of thousands of parents with valuable insights, information, comfort, and guidance throughout the emotional and social changes of their children’s college years—from the senior year in high school through college graduation.

Based on research and real life experience, and recommended by colleges and universities around the country, Letting Go, Sixth Edition, has been updated and revised, offering even more insightful, practical, and up-to-date information. In this era of constant communication, this edition tackles the challenge facing parents: finding the balance between staying connected and letting go.

  • When should parents encourage independence?
  • When should they intervene?
  • What issues of identity and intimacy await students?
  • What are normal feelings of disorientation and loneliness for students—and for parents?
  • What is different about today’s college environment?
  • What new concerns about safety, health and wellness, and stress will affect incoming classes?

A timeless resource, Letting Go, Sixth Edition, is an indispensable book that parents can depend on and turn to for all of their questions and concerns regarding sending their children to college.

Adults | Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks | 2016 (6th Edition) | ISBN-13: 978-0062400567

Add this book to your collection: LETTING GO: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years

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About Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger

Karen Levin Coburn is the Senior Consultant in Residence and former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Students at Washington University in St. Louis.

Madge Lawrence Treeger is a psychotherapist and a longtime member of the Washington University Counseling Service.

This interview with Karen Levin Coburn, co-author of LETTING GO: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years, was conducted by Bianca Schulze. Follow along with our content tagged with Teens: Young Adults, and  to discover more great books.

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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