It’s that time of year—diploma in hand, graduates everywhere are celebrating their achievements as they move on to the next exciting stage in their lives. From practical how-to guides to inspiring tales of overcoming adversity, these books are ideal and meaningful gifts for any new graduate.


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BUDDHA WALKS INTO THE OFFICE: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation

By Lodro Rinzler

Shambhala • Paperback
978-1-61180-061-6 • 192 pages • $14.95
Publication Date: 9/9/2014

This is career advice of the profoundest kind, geared toward today’s twenty- and thirty-something workers and job-seekers whose employment outlook is radically different from that of a generation ago. As Lodro shows using simple Buddhist teachings, even if the path of work shifts beneath your feet, it’s possible to make your livelihood a source of satisfaction and of deep meaning.



9780143110071CALLINGS: The Purpose and Passion of Work
by Dave Isay

Penguin Books • Paperback
978-0-14-311007-1 • 288 pages • $16.00
Publication Date: 4/18/2017

In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; some overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. An essential contribution to the beloved StoryCorps collection, Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness.




9780812996272CONGRATULATIONS, BY THE WAY: Some Thoughts on Kindness
by George Saunders

Random House • Hardcover
978-0-8129-9627-2 • 64 pages • $15.00
Publication Date: 4/22/2014

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.



9781101875322DESIGNING YOUR LIFE: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
By Bill Burnett

Knopf • Hardcover
978-1-101-87532-2 • 272 pages • $24.95
Publication Date: 9/20/2016

In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.



9780425286463HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A Guide to Conquering Life
By Lilly Singh

Ballantine Books • Hardcover
978-0-425-28646-3 • 336 pages • $26.00
Publication Date: 3/28/2017

Lilly Singh isn’t just a superstar. She’s Superwoman—which is also the name of her wildly popular YouTube channel. Funny, smart, and insightful, the actress and comedian covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances. It’s no wonder she’s garnered more than a billion views. But Lilly didn’t get to the top by being lucky—she had to work for it. Hard. Now Lilly wants to share the lessons she learned while taking the world by storm, and the tools she used to do it.



9781609806972IF THIS ISN’T NICE, WHAT IS?: Advice for the Young
By Kurt Vonnegut

Seven Stories Press • Hardcover
978-1-60980-697-2 • 208 pages • $23.95
Publication Date: 4/26/2016

Best known as one of America’s most astonishing and enduring contemporary novelists, Kurt Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement address giver. If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? includes eleven speeches and four pieces of journalism on related themes.
In each, Vonnegut takes pains to find the few things worth saying and a conversational voice to say them in that’s funny and serious and joyful even if sometimes without seeming so.



9780451497574THE KEYS
By DJ Khaled

Crown Archetype • Hardcover
978-0-451-49757-4 • 224 pages • $18.00
Publication Date: 11/22/2016

From Snapchat sensation, business mogul, and recording artist DJ Khaled, this book reveals his major keys to success, including strategies to overcome adversity, stay focused, and never give up.






LIFT OFF: From the Classroom to the Stars9780399591372
By Donavan Livingston

Spiegel & Grau • Paperback
978-0-399-59137-2 • 64 pages • $10.00
Publication Date: 4/4/2017

In emotionally charged spoken-word poetry, Livingston declares that education can become an equalizer only if we first acknowledge the inequality and racial divides holding back America’s future. Livingston’s galvanizing commencement address, now adapted for the first time to the page is a call to action on behalf of all children, as their brighter futures can light up our own.




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THE RED BANDANNA: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy.
By Tom Rinaldi

Penguin Press • Hardcover
978-1-59420-677-1 • 224 pages • $25.00
Publication Date: 9/6/2016

Tom Rinaldi tells the story of how Welles Crowther, a young man who worked in the South Tower of the World Trade Center, saved the lives of several strangers on 9/11, even carrying a woman on his back down nearly twenty flights of stairs and returning to rescue others. The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice, about a crucible of terror, and the indomitable spirit to answer it.



9780307962331RULES FOR A KNIGHT
By Ethan Hawke

Knopf • Hardcover
978-0-307-96233-1 • 192 pages • $18.00
Publication Date: 11/10/2015

A knight, fearing he may not return from battle, writes a letter to his children in an attempt to leave a record of all he knows. In a series of ruminations on solitude, humility, forgiveness, honesty, courage, grace, pride, and patience, he draws on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time. His intent: to give his children a compass for a journey they will have to make alone, a short guide to what gives life meaning and beauty.




By Travis Mills with Marcus Brotherton

Convergent Books • Paperback
978-1-101-90480-0 • 272 pages • $15.99
Publication Date: 10/25/2016

Thousands of soldiers die year to defend their country. United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was sure that he would become another statistic when, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was caught in an IED blast four days before his twenty-fifth birthday. Against the odds, he lived, but at a severe cost—Travis became one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive a quadruple amputation.




9781607745778WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? for Teens: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job
By Carol Christen

Ten Speed Press • Paperback
978-1-60774-577-8 • 192 pages • $15.99
Publication Date: 4/21/2015

This updated career guide for teens draws on the principles of What Color Is Your Parachute? to help high school and college students zero in on their favorite skills and find their perfect major or career.