Getting into college drives students to the brink of madness - and pushes their parents over the edge. Pummeled by peers, crazed by counselors, and addled by advice books, beloved writer Andrew Ferguson had come to believe that a single misstep in the race to college could wreck his son's future. Crazy U is his disarmingly candid and hilariously subversive chronicle of their family's journey through the admissions game, from the first color brochures landing in the mailbox to the waiting, waiting, waiting for a big envelope with the verdict. In this rollicking ride from the man Christopher Buckley has called "my all-time favorite writer," Ferguson provides a pocket history of higher education in America, recounts the college ranking wars, and passes on the valuable tips he's picked up during his crash course. (Number 36: Don't apply for financial aid after midnight.) He also dares to ask: Why on earth does it all cost so much? Along the way, Ferguson's relationship with his son grows, built from humor, loyalty, and more than a little shared anxiety. In launching his son into the world, this father may find a new place in it for himself.
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