“As slender as a psalm, and as heavy.”—The New York Times
“The graduating college senior in your life probably just wants money. But if you want to impart some heartfelt, plainspoken wisdom in addition to a check, you can't do much better than [Congratulations, by the way].”—Entertainment Weekly
“The loving selflessness that [George Saunders] advises and the interconnectedness that he recognizes couldn’t be purer or simpler—or more challenging.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Warm and tender.”—Publishers Weekly
George Saunders is the author of eight books, including the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
A quick read, but incredibly insightful and powerful. A must read in our " me" society.
I wished every graduate read this book and then re- reads it every five years.
I was surprised and very happy to find this reprint of George Saunders' address to graduates. This describes to way to a better world at the cost of a gesture.Published 4 days ago by Heller Barr
This feels right. Saunders lays out the case for kindness in simple, honest terms. I am convinced. No more words or arguments needed. We all have it in us, that luminosity. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Peter in Maryland
First -- don't expect a full length book. This was a college commencement address. Second -- the blank pages aren't blank, but gradually fill with stars. Enjoy that. Read morePublished 18 days ago by JJ
This is a cute, heartfelt little book with nice pages and print. It is much smaller than I expected and is just a copy of George Saunders' commencement speech. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda Tran
After hearing and reading about failures in kindness, my husband and I have begun our own 'be nice' campaign. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet A. Tueller
I can't say enough! I checked this book out at the library and have bought 10 copies since. It is a perfect reminder of how to utilize compassion and kindness. Read morePublished 1 month ago by EarthShine
An amazing little book; really makes you think about how you can improve the world. Great read.Published 1 month ago by Joan Bailey