Books make great gifts as sources of inspiration for the upcoming graduation season. If you anticipate receiving a few graduation invitations this month and next, consider giving the grad a meaningful book. Such a gift helps keep reading central to a graduate’s new independent life.
Choose from among perennial favorites or recent bestsellers. We’ve compiled a brief list of some of the classics, one newcomer from the world of sports, as well as popular business bios.
You could go with a fun allegorical classic, like Oh The Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss. This book’s message about staying the course and staying true to yourself works well for students of all ages, but is especially appealing to teens bridging adolescence and adulthood.
Another classic choice is What Color is Your Parachute, now in it’s fortieth edition, but has been almost wholly rewritten. Touted as “the world’s most popular job-hunting book,” this books is a practical career guide for anyone trying to figure out how to earn a living from their talents and passions.
You could look into the world of sports, brimming with poignant stories of individuals overcoming obstacles in order to achieve some goal. The best ones also provide some philosophy for living life well in the face of adversity. Once such book is A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey, by Chrissie Wellington, who came out of nowhere to win the Ironman Triathalon in 2007.
Finally, for the college grad whose path is business, a biography on a modern-day business hero like Warren Buffett or Steve Jobs would be an inspiring choice in the midst of so much scandal elsewhere. Their stories on life and leadership are ultra-American and highly optimistic. Either Roger Lowensteins Buffet: The Making of an American Capitalist or the more recent tome by Alice Shroeder written with Buffett’s exclusive cooperation, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, and Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography are all good choices.
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