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Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness Hardcover – April 22, 2014 by George Saunders (Author)

Disclaimer – this is just a published version of a commencement speech given by Saunders in 2013, and is still widely available on the web for free. The speech is fantastic though, and this is a great "gift" book. Check it out!

Review “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


Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness Hardcover – April 22, 2014 by George Saunders (Author) Review

Prof. Saunders dedicates this lecture to his grandparents. Everyone knows that grandparents are often the source of the purest unadulterated kindness. Those fortunate enough to grow up around a few of this species of grandparent can appreciate a certain kind of love experience that inspires emulation. He cautions that we can spoil the whole process by thinking that it is only ourselves who merit such affection. It is a brave essay that hopes our civilization is not merely a veneer covering a baser fundamentality. -Read Reviews-

George Saunders is a professor of English at Syracuse University and a writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children’s books. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker and Harper’s, among other publications. In 2013, Saunders delivered the convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013, and shared it with The New York Times where it was reprinted with his permission. In April of 2014 the speech was published by Random House in this little book. Mr. Saunders argues that "as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder. " He understands that we all have ambitions for fame, fortune and love but urges us as much as possible to: "err in the direction of kindness. Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. "Although the entire graduation speech appears in The New York Times, the book is beautifully produced. The speech takes only about 15 minutes to read but each word carries weight and meaning. It is a speech to savor and re-read often. Although the speech is available online, I recommend buying the book. But in any event, the speech is absolutely worth reading.

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