"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Sunday, May 20, 2012

5 Books for Graduates

Graduation season is here! So what do you give your favorite student as they start out on this new phase of life? Here are five great books that you can buy as graduation gifts.

1) "By-Line Ernest Hemingway," edited by William White -  A collection of Hemingway's non-fiction work (i.e., as a reporter), there's something in here for everybody. From the serious (war reporting) to the silly (getting a free shave at a barber college), it's all sublime prose. And if you don't like one story, you can just skip to the next (there are more than 75). There are themes about growing up and wanderlust, both of which should appeal to the recent grad.


2) Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss - Always a popular gift:  "But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl." In the end, though, it's encouraging for anyone about to start a new chapter in their life: "And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)" If you have a little one just starting school, consider buying this now and having the teachers sign it at the end of each year, then give it for graduation.


3) Making a Difference by Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger - A household name since he executed an emergency airplane landing on the Hudson River in 2009, he has written this book about other people's outstanding achievements. His subjects - standouts in government, education, business and more - have all faced adversity, and their responses to difficult, even horrible, situations shwed character and solidified leadership. Aspiring leaders will find plenty to emulate.


4) Worth It...Not Worth It? by Jack Otter - This personal finance expert believes with emotions in check and information in hand, money matters can be managed well and with confidence. He addresses propositions regarding credit cards, loans, travel, real estate, investing and more. The "Getting Started" section is aimed at students, recent graduates and first job holders.


5) Getting from College to Career by Lindsey Pollak - Designed as a guide to everything graduates need to do before even thinking about job interviews. Pollack offers tips, commiserations and humor in this approach to success. This guide is meant to make resume-writing and job-interviewing a whole lot easier.


What books would you recommend buying for graduation presents?

3 comments:

Rob-bear said...

What a delightful, and wise, selection of books, Sylvia.

Jay Paoloni said...

I personally would pick a classic as a present. It's very hard to go wrong with "The Catcher in the Rhye" by Salinger!
At least, that's the type of book I'd like as a present right after college!

Kristy R said...

Hello! Finally buzzing through the last of my A to Z's!
Love the "oh, the places you will go"! My daughter is in first grade this year and I'm having her teacher {who is awesome!} write a note to her in it!!
Now following!