June means graduation. Graduation speeches. Graduation parties. Graduation ceremonies. The following books offer a wealth of well meaning advice and consult to all those graduates starting life after high school or college.
A Short Guide to a Happy Life – Anna Quindlen
Here best selling novelist and columnist, Anna Quindlen reflects on what it takes to “get a life”. She offers a unique perspective on how to live our lives in genuinely honest and enduring ways. It’s a slim book at only 50 pages but jam packed with valuable advice.
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Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime – William H. Gates, Sr.
The father of computer business giant Bill Gates offers some easily understood but valuable lessons learned from a long life. Chapter headings include “Open-Mindedness”, “Learning how to Lose”, “Getting Along.” These and many others offer down-to-earth, practical wisdom for not only potential graduates but any one of us.
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Just Who Will You Be? – Maria Shriver
This small, candid, and inspirational book’s theme is that what you do in your life isn’t what really matters. It’s who you are that is more important. It’s an important lesson the will appeal to anyone of any age looking to live a life of meaning and value.
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The Art of Friendship: 70 Simple Rules for Making Meaningful Connections – Roger Horchow and Sally Horchow
The frantic pace and casualness of our current lives have made forming real and lasting friendships a bit more of a challenge. Thoughtfully written, this book gives readers ideas, suggestions, and options to help us recognize how valuable friendships truly are in our very busy culture and how vitally important it is to maintain them throughout our life.
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What Should I Do with My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question –
It’s a question many of us have asked ourselves at one time or another. A total of 55 individuals answered his question with surprising and fascinating results. With a lot of humor, insight, and empathy, Po Bronson proves the depths of a wide variety of folks who often overcame fear and trepidation to chart a new direction for their lives.
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