Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness

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Random House Publishing Group, 2014 - Education - 64 pages
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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

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Great life advice: Err in the direction of kindness. - Goodreads
It contains no astounding insight. - Goodreads
Great advice for all of us. - Goodreads
Great advice- the best. - Goodreads
Simple advice but powerful. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Margie - Goodreads

What started out as remarks made as a speaker for graduation at Syracuse University has now grown in scope. Though a short book, the focus is long on impact. This speech was not your usual talk about ... Read full review

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A lovely reminder. Read full review

About the author (2014)

George Saunders is the author of eight books, including the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and was included in Time's list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

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