Notable: Books for graduates

Published May 9, 2014


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Looking for a book to send a graduate on his or her way? Here are three fine choices.

Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness (Random House) by George Saunders (Tenth of December) is the professor and award-winning author's funny but heartfelt advice, from a Syracuse University commencement speech.

If This Isn't Nice, What Is? Advice to the Young: The Graduation Speeches (Seven Stories Press) by Kurt Vonnegut, who was as original and entertaining as a speaker as he was as an author, collects nine of his speeches.

Lean In: For Graduates (Knopf) by Sheryl Sandberg combines the Facebook COO's bestselling book on women in the workplace with essays by other experts and first-person accounts by people who have learned to "lean in" in their own lives.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor