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Across the country ceremonies and new adventures are about to commence. Congratulations to all the graduates and their families.
Without further pomp and circumstance, the 2015 graduating class of commencement advice books:
- Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling
- Way More Than Luck: Commencement Speeches on Living with Bravery, Empathy, and other Existential Skills
- I n Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria
- Whatever You Choose To Be: 8 Tips For the Road Ahead by Ann Romney
- The World is Waiting For You: Graduation Speeches to Live By From Activists, Writers, and Visionaries
- Remembering Who We Are: A Treasury of Conservative Commence Addresses by Zev Chafets
- Graduation Wisdom: Includes a list 2015 speeches across the country, a video archive, quotes, and advice.
Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic
Mark L. Donald joined the U S Marines straight out of high school as a way to escape his abusive father and avoid trouble with neighborhood gangs. Given the work ethic installed by his mother and an innate competitive sense, he quickly earned a position on a Reconnaissance Team, the equivalent of a Navy Seal or Army Green Beret. During the extensive training required for this team, he observed the Navy Hospital Corpsmen HM1 at work, and realized that this was what he was truly meant to do. The story of his transition to a Navy HM1, during the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan War makes for a gripping read. This book gives a great inside look at life on the battlefield and the devotion required of a true soldier.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
This laugh-out-loud memoir takes readers through Kaling’s awkward childhood moments and her rocky start in New York to her success as a writer on the Office. Her observations about men, body image, and life are both spot-on and humorous. Those who enjoyed Tina Fey’s Bossypants will find this novel particularly enjoyable.
Rush of Blood
I like Mark Billingham's Thorne series. This stand-alone murder mystery involves three British couples on holiday in Florida. This vacation takes a criminal twist when a young girl goes missing and is later found dead in a lagoon. The six Britons are suspects and Billingham keeps the suspense going. When another young girl is missing in England, the six who have returned from Florida are even more suspect. Great ending.