Congratulations, By the Way

May 24th, 2014 · 322 Comments · Uncategorized

I know, right? What am I doing posting on a Saturday night – during a holiday weekend no less? Well, the truth is, last night I woke up in a hot sweat thinking that there might be someone out there who has not read Congratulations, By The Way, the book version of George Saunders’ now-famous convocation speech given last June at Syracuse University. And if that is indeed the case, I felt the need to remedy the situation immediately. I know we here at DALS tend to get hyperbolic when the subject is Saunders (author of the award-winning short-story collection Tenth of December and one of the original DALS guest-posters), but diehard readers know why. His writing is big-hearted and generous; his capacity for empathy, seemingly endless. What he regrets most in life, Saunders tells graduating seniors, are failures of kindness.

I believe that by handing Congratulations to a graduate or a friend, you are handing them not just a book, but a message, a philosophy, a worldview.

Here’s one of my favorite moments in the speech:

And so, a prediction, and my heartfelt wish for you: as you get older, your self will diminish and you will grow in love. You will gradually be replaced by love. If you have kids, that will be a huge moment in your process of self-diminishment. You really won’t care what happens to you, as long as they benefit. That’s one reason your parents are so proud and happy today. One of their fondest dreams has come true: you have accomplished something difficult and tangible that has enlarged you as a person and will make your life better, from here on in, forever.

We like the message of this book so much we bought it for every graduating senior in our town’s high school. (It’s a tiny class and we got a discount since — full disclosure here — Andy is the editor, so we may not be quite as kind as I’m making us out to be.) And we want to start spreading the word in your corner of the world, too. So we’re giving away ten copies this weekend…as in right now! It’s going to be a little different this time, though — there will be five winners total, and each winner will receive two copies, one for you, and, in the spirit of kindness, one to hand to someone who you love. Contest ends Memorial Day at 5:00 ET.  Comment below to be eligible. Good luck!
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How do you know a book is gift-worthy? When it’s designed and illustrated by Chelsea Cardinal, that’s how!
Contest Update: All the winners have been notified. Congrats to Nicola (198), Amy (216), Liesel (238), Nina (272), and Sarah (295). Thanks to everyone who played!
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  • 1 Adrianne Dyer // May 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I love it!!!

  • 2 Beth S // May 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I would love to read this and share it with my sons (a college freshman, High School junior, and an 8th grader).

  • 3 Jan @ Family Bites // May 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    So thoughtful of you! My oldest is graduating 8th grade in a few weeks – a pretty big deal in Canada – and heading to high school in September, so right now we’re talking a lot about futures, goals and accomplishments. I love the passage in the last photo you posted!

  • 4 Keely // May 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Sounds amazing. Great giveaway!

  • 5 kristy // May 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! Would love to read this and share.

  • 6 Amy G // May 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    How kind of you! Pick me, pick me!

  • 7 Jmbh // May 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Well…I think that even if I don’t win I’ll have to get a few copies! Pick me anyway?!

  • 8 Emily // May 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    What a great idea! Now to decide who I would gift the other one to.

  • 9 Carly // May 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I love this idea!

  • 10 Jen // May 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Love this!

  • 11 Awads // May 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I have 2 graduates in my life I’d love to gift this to!

  • 12 Suzannah // May 24, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I’d love to great this and pass it on :)

  • 13 Mary H. // May 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Wonderful! I know exactly who I would give this too!

  • 14 Darrian // May 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I can’t wait to read this!

  • 15 Naria // May 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I’m not commenting to enter the contest, but just to tell you both how g-damn cool I think it is that you gave this book to every senior at DFHS. Seriously. Nice move. Proud to call you guys my friends.

  • 16 Stephanie J. // May 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Would love to win and be able to pass one on to someone else…definitely could use more kindness in the world!

  • 17 Omar // May 24, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I’m a Syracuse Alum – nice to hear he spoke at my alma mater

  • 18 Emily // May 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I was already trying to hunt down a copy of this book before I ever made it to the giveaway part of your post. I’d love copies – one to read and one to share. :o ) Happy Memorial Day!

  • 19 Valentina // May 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    What a great giveaway! Love Saunders and DALS of course!

  • 20 Barbara // May 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I would love this!

  • 21 Liz // May 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    May have to snag a copy even if I don’t win.

  • 22 Carrie // May 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Lovely!

  • 23 Amy // May 24, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Love a DALS Saturday post!

  • 24 Julie // May 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful book. My son just graduated from college and it would be a great gift.

  • 25 Carol // May 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I would love to share this with my niece who is graduating this year !

  • 26 Cliff Bacon // May 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Can NOT wait to read this book, either from you or from my friendly bok store. Your gift to the grads is awesome!

  • 27 Amy // May 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I have been wanting to check this book out! Love George Saunders.

  • 28 ellen // May 24, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Looks like a great book and I have a graduating nephew to share it with this year!

  • 29 Kris // May 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you for pointing this book out! We have a graduating senior that could be really perfect for this book.

  • 30 Kate Bassett // May 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Whether I win or not, I’ll definitely have to grab one for me and one for my nephew (whose dad is a Syracuse grad)!

  • 31 Jmyoung // May 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Sounds like a great book!

  • 32 LG // May 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I know just the person to give this to. Thanks for sharing George Saunders with those of us who didn’t know of him before. I loved 10th of December but never would have read it if not for this website.

  • 33 Laura // May 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Lovely! I have just the recipient in mind.

  • 34 Ann // May 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Awesome!

  • 35 Kate // May 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    What a great life lesson — and what a great giveaway!! Thank you!!! :-)

  • 36 Suzi Kaufman // May 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Love that quote!

  • 37 Jaclyn // May 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Love these quotes. Sounds like an amazing book!

  • 38 Jean // May 24, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks for this post! If I am not a recipient of your giveaway I’ll definitely go seek this book out. The description of a parents pride at their child’s accomplishment, self diminishment, was abundant a week ago in our household as I first watched my middle daughter graduate undergrad, then my youngest daughter graduate HS and finally all of us flying to NYC to watch my oldest graduate grad school. All in one weeks time! My heart skips a beat as I watch each child become such accomplished, gracious young women.

  • 39 Brigid // May 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Great giveaway, great idea for sharing-would love to win!

  • 40 Katie G // May 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I would love to read and share!!

  • 41 Jessy // May 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Sounds like a great gift! I have in mind the perfect person to share this with!

  • 42 Kim // May 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    What in the what?… Posting on a Saturday? But for a good reason, true. Happy Memorial Day! Have a few peeps in mind for this tome! Thanks!

  • 43 Kristen S // May 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Would love to read this and give a coot to my brother who just graduated!

  • 44 Sadie // May 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Oh I just adore all that I have read about this book and my alma mater is Syracuse so that piece makes me so nostalgic. Sigh….

  • 45 Christina G // May 24, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I have a graduation 8th grade son, would love to gift this to him!

  • 46 Rachel Taylor // May 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Sounds great!

  • 47 Ann Marie // May 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    My oldest child is graduating high school in June. Love to win for him!!!

  • 48 Molly // May 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I love the little excerpt you chose to share – definitely adding this to my list of books to read.

  • 49 Amy H // May 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I’d love to read it (and gift it!).

  • 50 Sam // May 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hope I get a chance to read this!

  • 51 Aileen // May 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Love!

  • 52 Aileen // May 24, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Lovely!

  • 53 Kat // May 24, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    My sister just graduated law school! Even if I don’t win I need to go find a copy :)

  • 54 Shawne Taylor // May 24, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    My always-homeschooled teenage son just finished up, and graduated highschool last week. This would be a great gift for him. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • 55 BLH // May 24, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    My kind of lottery. Get to share the winnings!

  • 56 Erin // May 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Me, me me!!!

  • 57 Selina // May 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Always good to be reminded to think about kindness. I love that you’re giving two away so we can put kindness into practice. Thank you!

  • 58 Ruthanne // May 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Many graduates in our lives this year. Thank you for the idea as well as this kind opportunity!

  • 59 Caitlin // May 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    a new post– way to be rewarded for relaxing at home on a Saturday night!

  • 60 Alexi Wright // May 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    We have two recent college graduates in our life-Dan and Michael-who for the past two years have generously shared their creative talents in acapella, improv, and hardcore play with our sweet son Tomas-all the while answering his (and occasionally our) big questions about religion, slavery, and slapstick comedy. Most of all they taught our son that grown men can care about more than sports and can love a little guy with open hearts.

  • 61 Ellen Landrum // May 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I just graduated too (from MSW school). I’d love some inspiration.

  • 62 Joan // May 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I’d love to read this and share with the THREE kids I have in college!

  • 63 Alaina Mc // May 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Great gift idea!

  • 64 Cortney // May 24, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I would LOVE to read this book- looks incredibly inspiring!

  • 65 Jesabes // May 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Perfect for graduation season!

  • 66 Jill // May 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Great idea! I’d love to read this book & share it with a friend!

  • 67 Bridgit // May 24, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Sounds fantastic… My sister in law, a voracious reader and brand new graduate, would love a copy.

  • 68 JP // May 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

  • 69 Terri // May 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I would love to read and share this book. So nice of you to do this.

  • 70 Lauren // May 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Sounds like a great book!

  • 71 nicole o // May 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    oh, I read a piece of his speech.. I have been thinking about it for weeks!

  • 72 Samantha Steele // May 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Would love to have these for the seniors of the very tiny graduating class at the school where I am a teacher!

  • 73 Brea // May 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    How awesome!

  • 74 ag. // May 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I want to go buy this, like, right now. Having just become a mom last year, that passage you posted so speaks to me. Love is a funny and oh so wonderful thing!

  • 75 Tenely Smith // May 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I work at a bookstore and frequently sell this boom as a graduation gift, but have never actually read it. Now I will!

  • 76 Bearsmama // May 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Can’t wait to read this.:) Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 77 Kim // May 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Would love to share this with my late brother’s son. I am so proud of the challenges my nephew has overcome but I don’t know him as well as I would like and this would be a lovely way to connect.

  • 78 Jess // May 24, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I can think of so many people who would benefit from this message… including, far too often, myself.

  • 79 Erin // May 24, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    sounds like a great book!

  • 80 Lauren // May 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. Looking forward to reading it!

  • 81 Mandy // May 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    My baby sister is graduating in a couple of weeks (and I teach high school). This book looks incredible! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! Can’t wait for your next cookbook to come out!

  • 82 Christina // May 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Yay! I loved this speech when I read it way back when you posted a link to it the first time around. Loved it!

  • 83 Kathleen Hagerty // May 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    The post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this. No matter what will get a book for my daughter’s college graduation next year from Johns Hopkins and even for my sons from pre school! xo found cute pics from Honey Adams and you were so tiny and precious!

  • 84 Amy // May 24, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    This sounds amazing! As a mom to two very little guys, I get this. Can’t wait to read and share.

  • 85 Reynaul // May 24, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    This is too awesome! Great looking book!

  • 86 Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos // May 24, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    So funny! I was just writing academic marketing copy for this book and thinking that it sounded so good. Small world!

  • 87 Erin // May 24, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    As a big fan of Saunders’ work, I’m a big fan of this!

  • 88 Rena // May 24, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Great gift idea!

  • 89 Carla // May 24, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Love it!

  • 90 Amy // May 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I would love to gift this to my graduating 8th grader. Thanks for highlighting, even on a Saturday on a holiday weekend!

  • 91 Jessica // May 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I keep coming back to that phrase “failures of kindness.” Man, does that pack a punch.

  • 92 rachel // May 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    You all are so cute. And the best.

  • 93 Christine // May 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    This is such a thoughtful idea! I love this speech – what a gift to be able to share it with others:-)

  • 94 Laura K // May 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Love this and will likely buy if I don’t win! Thanks for sharing!

  • 95 Marianne A. // May 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I have been wanting to read this speech since hearing about it this time last year. Oh, and I am a Syracuse grad, class of ’87.

  • 96 cck // May 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    As I lay here, propped up in a hospital bed, I realize I so need this book. My two babes – one almost two and one almost eleven weeks – are at home with their poppa and have no idea what’s going on, what an acetabular fracture is, or what “car accident” means. All I know is I have a whole host of people to give this book to — folks who have covered us in grace and help and casseroles. Staring down four more months until I can put weight on a right leg, I feel like *I* should be ordering this one in bulk. Thanks!

  • 97 Katie // May 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I just graduated college today and would love to read this and pass it on to a friend.

  • 98 joy // May 24, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!

  • 99 Nolo // May 24, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    As a college professor, I would love to be able to share this with some graduating seniors.

  • 100 Lindsay // May 24, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    What a great giveaway! Thanks!

  • 101 Kathryn h // May 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I love this!

  • 102 Kat O // May 24, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! This looks amazing.

  • 103 Ashley // May 24, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Love this!!!

  • 104 Chris Young // May 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I have a graduate thisnwill be a great gift for

  • 105 Gretchen Alice // May 24, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Loved the speech. The book looks gorgeous!

  • 106 Amanda // May 24, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I just spent an hour trolling Amazon looking for a new book to read…and then I pop on over to DALS and this comes up! Would love to take this on vacation this upcoming weekend, and give as a hostess gift to my boyfriend’s parents (who I’m meeting for the first time!)

  • 107 Taylor // May 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Another book for my summer reading list! I know so many recent grads that I want to recommend it to.

  • 108 Gina Enk // May 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I’m a teacher of 70 seniors who are graduating in June 1. I’d love to share this with them! We’ve been watching a graduation speech a week via YouTube as a way to keep them motivated. One of our favorites was the illustrated version of George Saunder’s speech about taking every opportunity to be kind. Lovely!

  • 109 Esha // May 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • 110 Sara // May 25, 2014 at 12:04 am

    This looks so amazing. I would love to share this with my grandmother who has seen many children and grabdchildren graduate and who was the first college graduate in her family.

  • 111 Beth // May 25, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Thank you for mentioning this book — looks like a great one to read.

  • 112 MemeGRL // May 25, 2014 at 12:20 am

    This book sounds amazing and like the ideal “life transitions” gift I’ve been seeking for several graduates and other life changers!

  • 113 Pat // May 25, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I really like the way George Saunders thinks. Thanks for shining a bright light on his work.

  • 114 Kyla // May 25, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Whether or not I win, I am getting my hands on a copy of this book. So rad that you gave a copy to every graduating senior. What a lovely gesture.

  • 115 Linda S. // May 25, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I know just who I would give it to: my nephew for his bar mitzvah. I would love to read this (great cover, btw).

  • 116 Lauren // May 25, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Sounds great! And I think I know just who to give it to, which is a plus :)

  • 117 Caitlin // May 25, 2014 at 12:33 am

    What a generous contest! I love that quote and am thankful you came back on to tell us about this book. A few copies are definitely going to be purchased.

  • 118 Tonpia // May 25, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I just read something about this speech yesterday. Now your recommendation has solidified my need to read this, regardless of giveaway. Also, a nice alternative to Dr. Suess for the graduating crowd.

  • 119 Angela // May 25, 2014 at 12:37 am

    This is great! I have Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech-turned-book, and it’s one of my favorite inspiring reads :)

  • 120 Janet // May 25, 2014 at 12:39 am

    My 4th grader’s 8th grade buddy when he was in kindergarten graduates from high school this weekend, and my assistant graduates from jaw school. 2 perfect recipients!

  • 121 Heather // May 25, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Well I don’t have any graduates in my life but I’m sure I can find someone who will love it.

  • 122 jandi // May 25, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I’d love to read this!

  • 123 Sharon // May 25, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Sounds uplifting. Can’t wait to read it.

  • 124 Charlotte // May 25, 2014 at 1:24 am

    I love this giveaway and the quotes…I’ve loved everything I’ve read about this book so far.

  • 125 Sue // May 25, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Love all of your recommendations, so I will be reading this even if I do not get the free copies! Fingers crossed.

  • 126 Anya // May 25, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Such a lovely message, and we have a grad to give one to. Fingers crossed!

  • 127 Megan // May 25, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 128 Annie Diep // May 25, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Ooh ooh. Pick me, pick me! This looks like a great read!

  • 129 JP // May 25, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Perfect graduation present for my Australian cousin who has just graduated in Washington – smart cookie!

  • 130 Judy // May 25, 2014 at 4:30 am

    sounds like a fantastic read!

  • 131 Roisin Elizabeth // May 25, 2014 at 6:13 am

    This looks amazing!

  • 132 Andrea // May 25, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Very cool! My husband teaches hs English, so I plan to seek this book out one way or another!

  • 133 Sarah N. // May 25, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Would love to read it!

  • 134 Chrissy // May 25, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I will be giving this book as gifts this graduation season. An extra copy wouldn’t hurt ;)

  • 135 Suzanna // May 25, 2014 at 6:41 am

    I’ve been meaning to read this!!

  • 136 Emily @ Life on Food // May 25, 2014 at 6:49 am

    I love the quote you noted. This is so true for me and my parents.

  • 137 Heather P // May 25, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Looks like a great read and a great gift

  • 138 Erin // May 25, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Oh this looks lovely. Would love to win. Thank you and happy weekend!

  • 139 Marian // May 25, 2014 at 6:59 am

    This sounds like a book that I needed to receive when I graduated from college. Can’t wait to read!

  • 140 Gretchen // May 25, 2014 at 7:03 am

    thanks for this giveaway! I’d love a copy of the book…

  • 141 Becky // May 25, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Always happy to hear about a new book to read.

  • 142 Caroline // May 25, 2014 at 7:22 am

    This is an awesome idea. Thanks!

  • 143 Tina Rowe // May 25, 2014 at 7:27 am

    beautiful would love to win this and I know just who to give it to!!

  • 144 Eileen // May 25, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I need a little uplifting myself & would love to pay it forward to someone else.

  • 145 Maya // May 25, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Love this idea and would love to read this!

  • 146 Dorothee // May 25, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Awesome!

  • 147 Shari // May 25, 2014 at 7:49 am

    We’ve got four boys, and one graduated from college this past weekend and our youngest is moving up from elementary school at the end of June. I would love to give these to them!

  • 148 Evelyn // May 25, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I work with students & am always trying to do my best to inspire them. As a mother of teenagers, too, I agree completely that my life’s work is to nudge young people along to kindness & good work. Thanks for the chance to win these copies!

  • 149 Meghan // May 25, 2014 at 8:01 am

    The world would be a much better place if everyone was more kind!

  • 150 Catherine // May 25, 2014 at 8:05 am

    This has been on my to-read list since it’s publication! Love Saunders!

  • 151 Leslie // May 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I’ve wanted to get my paws on this book since I heard about it on NPR a few weeks ago. Such a nice giveaway!

  • 152 missy // May 25, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  • 153 Jill // May 25, 2014 at 8:21 am

    My niece is the first in her immediate family to graduate from college and could greatly benefit from reading this book- and I’m sure I would love it to!
    Thanks for the opportunity to be selected!

  • 154 Jenifer Brunner // May 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I would love to give this book to my niece who is grafusting next month from high school, she has not yet figured out what she truly wants to do in life but will in the future. I look forward to sharing
    Mr. Saunders words of wisdom with her and the other future graduates in my life.

  • 155 Mirya // May 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

    What a fabulous idea!

  • 156 Laura Gever // May 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

    My daughter is about to graduate from high school. I love that George Saunders has put kindness, or being loving, into the public conversation in such a big way. I see in my daughter and her friends that they are ready for this conversation and they want to embrace this, but they are terrified of the “real world” and how will they make a living. I hope every one of them reads this and that it bolsters them up when they falter.

  • 157 Jenn // May 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Awesome! This is on my reading list!

  • 158 Carlinne @Cook with 2Chicks // May 25, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I love Saunders’s writing; thanks for the recommendation. Kindness rocks! I hope I win :)

  • 159 Kristen // May 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Excited to read this!

  • 160 CarolP // May 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Yes, more kindness. Thanks for the post!

  • 161 Jen // May 25, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Sounds wonderful!

  • 162 Alison // May 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Thank you for solving my graduation gift problem (whether I win these copies or not)! I have two truly special young graduates for whom an ITunes gift card just isn’t good enough.

  • 163 Sarah // May 25, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Neat. Have a graduating senior myself this month.

  • 164 Colleen // May 25, 2014 at 9:21 am

    This book (which i checked out of the library and loved- sorry Random House, hope that doesn’t disqualify me) reminds me of that wonderful poem by Naomi shahib NYE:

    Kindness

    Before you know what kindness really is
    you must lose things,
    feel the future dissolve in a moment
    like salt in a weakened broth.
    What you held in your hand,
    what you counted and carefully saved,
    all this must go so you know
    how desolate the landscape can be
    between the regions of kindness.
    How you ride and ride
    thinking the bus will never stop,
    the passengers eating maize and chicken
    will stare out the window forever.

    Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
    you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
    lies dead by the side of the road.
    You must see how this could be you,
    how he too was someone
    who journeyed through the night with plans
    and the simple breath that kept him alive.

    Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
    you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
    You must wake up with sorrow.
    You must speak to it till your voice
    catches the thread of all sorrows
    and you see the size of the cloth.

    Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
    only kindness that ties your shoes
    and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
    purchase bread,
    only kindness that raises its head
    from the crowd of the world to say
    it is I you have been looking for,
    and then goes with you every where
    like a shadow or a friend.

    Naomi Shihab Nye
    from The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems

  • 165 CathyT // May 25, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I have a sigh school graduate that I would love to share the book with. Thanks!

  • 166 Brianna // May 25, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Would love to read and share!

  • 167 catherine // May 25, 2014 at 9:46 am

    daughter graduating this year- would love to share with her.

  • 168 Alyssa // May 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Would love to read. Thanks as always.

  • 169 tdd // May 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

    This would make my heart sing. Thanks.

  • 170 Lindsey // May 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I love this book (already have it so don’t need!) – beautiful message and gorgeously designed. xox

  • 171 Simone // May 25, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I just graduated from college and am headed to grad school. Would love to take this book with me (and share it with my best friend who also just graduated)!

  • 172 Elizabeth // May 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Haven’t read it, but have heard so much about it!

  • 173 LRW // May 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

    What a lovely sentiment and a lovely giveaway to match. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • 174 Kirsten // May 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Would love to read and share…

  • 175 Kate // May 25, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I hope you’ll send to Canada! I’d love to read and share!

  • 176 ASuburbanLife // May 25, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I’m reading Anna Quindlen’s book on life and love and maturity right now, what a perfect complement this book would be!

  • 177 Kathryn // May 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I’d love to read this! thanks for sharing.

  • 178 Amberly T // May 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I’ve heard of the speech but didn’t know that it’s in book form! I’d love to read it and this is just perfect timing. Thanks for sharing!

  • 179 jenn b w // May 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I would love to read and share a copy!

  • 180 Meg // May 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

    What a gorgeous book! I’ve got quite a few graduates this year (brother, cousins, students), but there’s no way I’d be able to resist keeping one of those copies for myself. You’re so sweet to think of this double-gift giveaway!

  • 181 Sue H // May 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    What a wonderful read for all.

  • 182 Julie I. // May 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Love this! And our family has many graduates this year!

  • 183 Katie // May 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Sounds lovely! I would give a copy to my little sister when she graduates college.

  • 184 Katie R // May 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I just heard about this book last week — sounds like a great gift for someone who could use a bit of perspective in their lives.

  • 185 foxtrot // May 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    this book sounds lovely!

  • 186 Heather Bonner // May 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    We all need to give more kindness.

  • 187 Kristin // May 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I love books like this!

  • 188 Caitlin // May 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    What a great idea! The book sounds great.

  • 189 Barbara // May 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This sounds great, thanks for the chance to win!

  • 190 Jeanne // May 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Would love to win these books…will read no matter what

  • 191 Kimber // May 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Love that quote!

  • 192 Chris Love // May 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    On the list to read and to gift. Thanks for the heads up as I was indeed in the group not familiar with this speech/book.

  • 193 Angela // May 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    The book sounds great! I loved Tenth of December.

  • 194 Jeanne // May 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I know just the graduate to share the book with if I win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 195 coral // May 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Awesome, I loved that speech and I happen to know a grad I would give this to!

  • 196 JAG // May 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    What a touching book. Hope to win. Thanks.

  • 197 Wendy // May 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Lovely idea for a grad gift!

  • 198 Nicola // May 25, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Lovely. I have two gorgeous cousins graduating this year, so I would give them both away!

  • 199 Anne Weber-Falk // May 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I am looking forward to reading this book and hearing my childrens thoughts after they read the book also. Thank you.

  • 200 Tara // May 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    My husband loves this speech! Would love to win it for him and a friend :)

  • 201 Bette // May 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Kindness and a grateful heart — two must-haves in this walk of life! I would so love to read and share this book:)

  • 202 Elisabeth // May 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    How lovely! I was hooked by the title alone!

  • 203 Debbie o. // May 25, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Would love to read and share!

  • 204 Jules // May 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. I had just added this book to my ‘to read’ list & was going to pick it up. I love that you are sharing this with us & all of the graduating seniors. It really means a lot that you are doing that. Thank you.

  • 205 Nisa // May 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    What an inspiring book to give or to receive! Love it!

  • 206 Ruthie // May 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Love!

  • 207 Liz Lightfoot // May 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I, too, regret the missed kindnesses in my life. Even more, the moments in which I was flat out unkind. Will I ever forgive myself? Probably not, but I do strive to be better

  • 208 marcella // May 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    It looks lovely – what great quotes you shared!

  • 209 Marilyn // May 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I have four nieces and nephews graduating from college this spring, and now I know what to give them. Thanks!

  • 210 Sally // May 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Sounds wonderful.

  • 211 Nancy C // May 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you for the great gift suggestion. I would love to be on the receiving end. I’m sure the seniors that were gifted are grateful for the inspirational work.

  • 212 Elizabeth // May 25, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    This looks so great!!

  • 213 Courtney P // May 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Looks great! There are 2 graduates in my family this year (1 college and 1 high school). Would love to share with them!

  • 214 Angela // May 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    So very thoughtful for you to give this to graduating seniors!

  • 215 linda sch // May 25, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    so curious what else he says!

  • 216 Amy // May 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I read the speech online originally, it was great and I would love a copy to pass on to my niece who is graduating from Univ. of Chicago

  • 217 Dr Amy // May 25, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I read the speech online originally, it was great and I would love a copy to pass on to my niece who is graduating from Univ. of Chicago

  • 218 Dana // May 25, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Ooh, looks like a fantastic read! Would love to read it with my kids.

  • 219 Beth // May 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I would love to give this to my niece who is graduating from high school this year.

  • 220 Kay Lynn // May 25, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    My husband is a high-school teacher and would share this with his students. Great idea.

  • 221 Nicole // May 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I read Tenth of December based on your recommendation and immediately gifted it to a friend. It was so powerful and amazing and, and, and…… Can’t wait to read this book!

  • 222 candice // May 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    i would love to win this, but i may have to buy a copy today! thanks for sharing this.

  • 223 nina // May 25, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    this sounds wonderful!

  • 224 Bea // May 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Oh my! What an incredibly wonderful and generous gift to the graduating seniors in your town. I wish you had lived in my town when I graduated so many, many years ago! And to think I came to your website just to find the summer cobbler recipe for my family BBQ….

  • 225 Liz // May 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    So sweet!

  • 226 Anne // May 25, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    My husband and I are both teachers. What a great book to share with our students.

  • 227 Liila // May 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I love this!

  • 228 Bonnie // May 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Great idea – thanks for the rec!

  • 229 Susan // May 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I’d love this both my niece and our favorite babysitter are graduating. If I don’t win I may need to just go but this for both. Thx!

  • 230 JJ // May 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    What a lovely way to do a giveaway! Would love to read and share this :)

  • 231 Lauren // May 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I would love this beautiful, uplifting book!

  • 232 Sara // May 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I’m going to graduate (with a PhD) in the next 6 months and would love to read this!

  • 233 Charlie // May 25, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Sounds like a great book!

  • 234 Amy goddard // May 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I love graduation speeches and would love to win.

  • 235 Joy P // May 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    So inspiring! Would love to read and share.

  • 236 Shannon // May 25, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I’d LOVE to read this :)

  • 237 Adriana // May 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    This book sounds amazing. Can’t wait to read it whether I win or not.

  • 238 Liesel // May 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Graduation speeches are always intriguing to me and I can think of several young people I would like to gift with this book. Thank you for such a neat and creative giveaway! Lack of kindness will haunt you forever… I still regret not being kind to a fellow classmate who was being bullied in fourth grade (and this was over 40 years ago!).

  • 239 Aly S // May 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    There’s a copy of that book waiting for me at my library. I’d happily take my own copy (and one to share) instead!

  • 240 Suzanne Fletcher // May 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve been thinking about what to give my niece – a senior in high school – for graduation, and now I know :) .

  • 241 laura // May 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Oh please oh please oh please. I have had the worst day and I would love to share this with a friend who has been helping me through it all

  • 242 Monya // May 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    What a great idea! Happy Memorial Day!

  • 243 Silvia // May 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Such a great gift! I know that from now on this will be my go to gift for any graduate!

  • 244 clare // May 25, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I just graduated! Yay!

  • 245 Sara Pratt // May 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    This looks lovely!

  • 246 zach // May 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    sounds great to me!

  • 247 angela // May 25, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    You all tipped me off to to George Sanders, and you have my eternal thanks for that.

  • 248 Melissa // May 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    It is so sweet of you to give copies away.

  • 249 Pressley // May 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    this is the best giveaway! thank you all!

  • 250 Rachel // May 25, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Joyce Carol Oates spoke briefly at my commencement this past week and quoted Henry James–”Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

  • 251 Kathleen // May 25, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Would LOVE to give this to my son who is graduating High School in June!

  • 252 susanj // May 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    this book sounds great!

  • 253 susanj // May 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    this book sounds great! what a great giveaway!

  • 254 Akaleistar // May 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Sounds like a lovely book!

  • 255 Amanda // May 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Sounds lovely!

  • 256 Alexis // May 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I’d love to win – I like his short stories

  • 257 Heather // May 25, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Love this and the quote from the book would be great to frame!

  • 258 Claire // May 25, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I love commencement speech season. Every year there are great speeches like this one and it seems like more and more people are really stopping to listen. And maybe think. Thanks for sharing this wonderful one.

  • 259 Lindsay // May 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    What a lovely excerpt! I would love to read the full speech!

  • 260 Donna Benson // May 25, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I am so guilty of this. I need to throw more kindness around. especially to my husband. he would love it if I would win. and so would I. thanks for the opportunity. really. thank you. and George.

  • 261 Amelia Cesak // May 25, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    What a great idea for any stage of life! A new job, a new baby, a new marriage. Would love to have this to hand out to all my friends.

  • 262 Elizabeth // May 26, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Sounds like a great book, not just for graduates but for adults like me who could use some fine tuning!

  • 263 Irene Linares // May 26, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Very thoughtful, thank you for sharing the book with us. Would love to spend quality time reading it.

  • 264 Rony // May 26, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Would love to give a copy to my wonderful student aide, Marc, who is graduating in 12 days.

  • 265 Elsa // May 26, 2014 at 1:16 am

    I love George Saunders’ fiction, but I haven’t yet read this. I’d love a chance to read and share it.

  • 266 Mary // May 26, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I have a hs graduation invite on my desk and have been trying to think of a good gift. thanks!

  • 267 Sara // May 26, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Would love to have a copy and one for a gift for my grad.

  • 268 Lisa Hathawaya // May 26, 2014 at 2:02 am

    You’re right. I haven’t read it, but now I have to.

  • 269 Jennifer T. // May 26, 2014 at 2:32 am

    what a great giveaway! thanks for the opportunity!

  • 270 Nepurko Keiwua // May 26, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I’d love to read and share it with my mom

  • 271 MB Manion Morell // May 26, 2014 at 6:06 am

    If you woke up in the middle of the night worried that I (and thousands like me) hadn’t read this book… I can’t wait to read it. I am currently feeling this way about Letters of Note… an amazing compilation of letters… I suspect you’ve found this one? I am planning to give copies to as many friends as I can…

  • 272 Nina // May 26, 2014 at 6:44 am

    We just celebrated my oldest nephews graduation from college on Saturday after all thirteen of us, from the 9 year old little brother to our 85 year old parents trekked to Connecticut the weekend before to attend the ceremony. We all had a hand in getting him there, directly or indirectly. It takes a “village” or in his case a close-knit family. Obviously I am feeling sentimental. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 273 Mandi // May 26, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Thank you for sharing!

  • 274 Cindy // May 26, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Would love to share this with my daughter an her friends who are graduating this year!

  • 275 elizabeth // May 26, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I would love to share this!

  • 276 Lauryl // May 26, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Would love to read the entire speech!

  • 277 Diana // May 26, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Looks like a great message for grads young and old.

  • 278 Liz // May 26, 2014 at 8:31 am

    thank you for sharing this. just looked up the speech on nytimes and think it is a great read.

  • 279 Laura // May 26, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I’d love to read this!

  • 280 Jes // May 26, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Looking forward to reading this!

  • 281 Erin // May 26, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I had heard about the speech — but did not know it had been published as a book (thanks, Andy! — and) thanks DALS!!

  • 282 Maggie // May 26, 2014 at 10:05 am

    “Err in the direction of kindness.”
    Well, okay.

  • 283 Jess // May 26, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Perfect for a recent graduate in my life who seems to be floundering a bit!

  • 284 Caroline // May 26, 2014 at 10:23 am

    This book has struck a deep chord with me as a parent. For preschool and kindergarten, we enrolled our two girls in a montessori program where the practice of kindness was encouraged with every daily lesson. They are now in third and sixth grade in a public school and my heart aches for those days where kindness was ever present in their school days. I would love to read this to them and get back to their roots.

  • 285 Lisa De // May 26, 2014 at 10:38 am

    My oldest daughter is graduating in 2 weeks to become a journalism/ public relations major. This book is perfect for her. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

  • 286 Laura Z. // May 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Where was this give away a few days ago? My husband just graduated with his MBA this weekend! How fitting…

  • 287 kristin // May 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

    this book looks great! Would love to give it to our niece who is graduating!

  • 288 larockwell // May 26, 2014 at 10:53 am

    i am posting not because i want this book, but because i think that, perhaps, i just might need it. :) as a “recent” graduate who has spent the past few years wandering and doing the best not to feel lost, this could be just the thing i need to give me that extra boost to make things happen for real. i also find nothing more satisfying than handing someone you care for a book that you love and hoping that they find something beautiful on those pages too. what a wonderful giveaway idea! :)

  • 289 ginger marks // May 26, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Heard about the speech and would be honored to read this book by Mr. Saunders.

  • 290 Tanvi Sinha // May 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I want to begin by saying that you have a fantastic blog. I came across it a couple of months ago and have been following it regularly and I am finally delurking!
    For this giveaway: The paragraph you stated from George Saunders speech struck a chord and made me empathic to exactly what my parents feel at each of my achievements, no matter how big or small. It also prompted me to go and read his complete speech which was funny and inspiring. I have personally experienced the changes that can be brought about by simply being kind, empathic and loving and that have made me a much happier person. For someone who can be relatively cynical, it is ironical that I enjoy reading and being inspired by graduation speeches every year. Both my brother and I graduate this fall, him with a Bachelors in Engineering and me with a PhD in Biology and this book would definitely teach us to be more thankful and cherish all that we have. (In addition, to the very expensive camera that I already received as a pre-graduation gift:)).

  • 291 Rosa // May 26, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Awesome

  • 292 Sara in Montréal // May 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Great! i have a niece graduating this june, she’ll love this.

  • 293 Mary // May 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

    What a lovely idea.

  • 294 Bethany // May 26, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Whether I win or not – this one will find its way to my bookshelf.

  • 295 Sarah // May 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I’ve heard amazing things about his speech. I happen to be giving a commencement speech myself this season (to my high school), and I could use all the help and reference material I can get! I look forward to reading it, whether I win copies or not.

    Thank you for all your work!

  • 296 Heather L // May 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I have not heard of this book until today’s posting. I am very intrigue!

  • 297 Becky // May 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    This looks great, thanks both for the giveaway chance and just for bringing this back to my attention.

  • 298 Emily Woodford // May 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Fantastic idea! Would love to give this to my friends who just graduated college. Love it!

  • 299 Michelle // May 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    My daughter graduates in one week and will be heading off to college in the fall. This looks like a great book for her. Thank you so much for the book suggestion/giveaway.

  • 300 Jennyroo // May 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    This looks awesome!

  • 301 molly // May 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Jenny! Thank you for this post!! Our oldest niece is graduating from high school in a couple weeks and I now know the perfect gift for her! I’d been agonizing over it :) I fell in love with commencement speeches turned books back with Anna Quinlan, but I somehow missed hearing about this one! Thank you for the great giveaway opportunity xoxo

  • 302 Heather H. // May 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I haven’t read the book, but love your quotes from it! Will need to check it out. Both my darling daughters are graduating this month, one from high school and one from college, and of course we know soooo many others celebrating graduations now.

  • 303 Laurie C. // May 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    What a great gift idea ! I love the quotes you shared, especially the message to grads about why their parents are so happy with their children achieving this milestone. Thanks !

  • 304 Divya // May 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Amazing Book! Thank you for this lovely gift idea.
    <3

  • 305 Jenny // May 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I want to read this book for myself first of all. It is so true once you have kids you want that all for them and you become secondary. My oldest is finishing 5th grade and moving on. She already talks of hs and college. I would love to read this with her. I think reading books with my kids is one of the most powerful and meaningful things we do together. Thanks for your blog! Oh and my kids check out your daughter’s blog all the time!

  • 306 Michele // May 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    We’ve attended two graduations and have two more to go in the upcoming weeks. Would love to gift this book to someone I love. Thanks!

  • 307 Kelly // May 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Would love to read this and pass along to a graduate!

  • 308 Michelle W. // May 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Sounds like a great read :)

  • 309 KateS // May 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I would love a copy of the book and I have the perfect friend to share the extra copy with! Thank you.

  • 310 Lindsay // May 26, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Oh please oh please, I would LOVE to have this and give one away to a dear graduating friend!

  • 311 Tamar // May 26, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    This looks like a great book! Would love to read and share.

  • 312 michelle // May 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Looks like an awesome book! Would love to read and share it as well!

  • 313 Allison // May 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    After helping my husband work on his speech for the graduation ceremony at his high school alma matter, I would love to read this speech! We have some special friends graduating this year so it would be lovely to share this book with them. Thanks!

  • 314 jenn in GA // May 26, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    this book sounds like something i’d like my family to read this summer. we have a son who has just finished his first year of college, and i don’t want to wait until he graduates again to have the opportunity to engage him about Sanders’ worldview/philosophy.

    thanks for the chance to win. whenever you wake up in a sweat in the middle of the night, there’s a purpose for it. :-)

  • 315 Laura @ chaotic domestic // May 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    What a generous giveaway and I love that you’re giving two to each person so they can choose a deserving person to give it to. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

  • 316 Nadya // May 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    What a lovely thing to do! I admire both of you so much.

  • 317 Vick Gretsky // May 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Right in under the wire, I hope. Would love a copy for my graduating nephew!!

  • 318 Clarissa // May 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    graduation speeches! one of my new favorite genres. Would love a copy of this one.

  • 319 Susie // May 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I’m graduating college in just a few short weeks and this would make the most amazing gift for my two closest friends!

  • 320 Kelly // May 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    It is a beautiful speech. Happy Memorial Day!

  • 321 gayle p. // May 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    What a great thought – and i just read this – it’s 5:09 did i miss the cutoff?

    I’ll search this book out – my son is graduating high school in june – just the thing to read. Thanks.

  • 322 Erin I // May 26, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I would love two copies!!!

  • 323 Jen // May 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    My daughter graduated this year, and I am still looking for good words of wisdom for her. I would love this book!

  • 324 Betsy // May 26, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for the recco! Great book to give to some recent grads.

  • 325 Kim Bernhardt // May 26, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Love this book!

  • 326 Ellie Peaks // May 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I would live to win this! Sounds like a great read!!

  • 327 erin // May 27, 2014 at 1:23 am

    love the little excerpt you posted… so true!

  • 328 Cay // May 27, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Tenth of December is a wonderful book (it’s our book club read this month!), and I had heard this speech online awhile ago when it went viral (yay!). Would love to have a copy of this book to give away to my cousin who has finally made it all the way to college graduation at the ripe old age of 25.

  • 329 Megan Simpson // May 27, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I have several friends who I would love to share this with!

  • 330 Megan Simpson // May 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I have several friends who I would like to share this message with!

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