Congratulations, by the Way

Congratulations, by the Way

Some Thoughts on Kindness

Book - 2014
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Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of The New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders's words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, Congratulations, by the way is an inspiring message from one of today's most influential and original writers.

Praise for Congratulations, by the way
 
"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
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780812996272
Branch Call Number: ANF 177.7 SAU
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Cardinal, Chelsea

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Shirleynature
Aug 16, 2017

The range of this author is inspiring! And we're bringing him to Lawrence October 10, 2017!

ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 07, 2017

This is a little gem of a book clearly written in simple language and sprinkled with humorous one-liners. Although delivered at a school commencement, Saunders' words could serve as a roadmap for us all. His advice: Be kinder. Search for whatever it takes to uncover your generous and loving self.

An undersized volume with an enormously gigantic message. Fortunately, the message can be summed up in just two words: be kind. Don't just get kinder as you get older, don't just think about being kind, don't just nod a lot while you read this short book. Do it now. Get out there and be your kindest possible self. I'm ready! How about you?

smc01 Feb 03, 2015

A lovely little book that celebrates kindness. It would make a wonderful graduation gift. It really makes you think about you can do to truly be kind.

jennrose Jul 23, 2014

A sweet little offering for a short bus ride. His message is corny but heartfelt and true. I love this writer with all of my heart, he is like a contemporary Kurt Vonnegut. It reminded me of this Vonnegut quote: " Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.”

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nsteeves
May 19, 2014

I suspect this is going to sell like gangbusters this month in anticipation of graduation season. Enjoy it, grads! The author says some super smart, sweet things that you'll appreciate a little bit now and a lot more later. I plan to share it with my own family, no member of which is anywhere near graduating anything - but I hope all of us will enjoy and take to heart the message of becoming as kind as we can as quickly as we can.

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janetplanet9
May 03, 2014

This would make a nice college graduation gift.

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