Pomp and Circumstance

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Graduation season is upon us! We all remember the rush of senior spring, whether it was high school or college, and the fear and excitement (and stress!) it brought. A little guidance can go a long way at times like that, so what better way to send some direction to the graduates in your life than with one of these thought-provoking books? Whether your graduate is looking for a plan, some friendly advice, or just a reminder that everyone deals with uncertain times, we’ve got a great collection of gifts for graduates on display in store now.

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761178972
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Workman Publishing - April 15th, 2014

Austin Kleon’s books on creativity have spawned a digital movement of sharing art and finding a creative community--for any of the graduates in your life seeking inspiration and a fresh start, STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST and SHOW YOUR WORK are must-haves to kindle a passion for art and life. For anyone having some questions about the next step of life, SHOULD I GO TO GRAD SCHOOL? offers a few responses to that very question, specifically for more liberal arts-minded graduates unsure of whether or not an MA or MFA will benefit them. Or, for the younger crowd worried about going off to college for the first time, Sarah Zarr and Tara Altebrando’s ROOMIES documents the back-and-forth summer letters of two girls assigned to be each other’s freshman roommates.

1000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names Cover Image
By Mario Giordano, Ray Fenwick (Illustrator), Isabel Fargo Cole (Translator)
ISBN: 9780143125280
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Books - May 6th, 2014

Sometimes the most important thing for a new grad is learning how to trust themselves on their own in the world. 1,000 FEELINGS FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO NAMES builds an emotional vocabulary for understanding all those particular and different feelings, while WHATEVER YOU THINK, THINK THE OPPOSITE teaches the value of making bold choices, even if--and especially when--those choices are mistakes.

You Are Not Special: … And Other Encouragements Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062257345
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - April 22nd, 2014

If a voice of experience and wisdom may be more helpful, George Saunders’ humorous and powerful CONGRATULATIONS, BY THE WAY--a commencement address he delivered that went viral weeks later--gives an inspiring talk on how to lead a kinder and more fulfilling life. For something a little more concrete, YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL (AND OTHER ENCOURAGEMENTS), a full-length book sprung from David McCullough, Jr.’s similarly viral commencement speech, uses dry wit and charm to teach its readers how to handle such particularly millennial concerns as helicopter parents, club sports, ineffectual college prep courses, and more. Above all, however, this book rallies students not to sacrifice passion for a narrow definition of “success”.

Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935639787
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Tin House Books - May 13th, 2014

Walt Whitman’s SONG OF MYSELF makes a perfect touchstone for anyone looking to articulate their sense of self, and we have a new lovely illustrated, illuminated edition that makes a perfect gift and keepsake. Similarly, Edward O. Wilson’s classic LETTERS TO A YOUNG SCIENTIST, twenty-one beautiful essays about the creativity of science and humanity’s place in our world, instill a sense of wonder in any reader, young or old.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! Deluxe Edition (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679847366
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 19th, 1993

And last but not least, no book gives quite the same feeling of hope for the future as Dr. Seuss’s classic OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! With one of these books to be a signpost on your graduate’s uncertain road, you can be sure they’ll be grateful for the guidance.

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