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The World Is Waiting for You: Graduation Speeches to Live By from Activists, Writers, and Visionaries
Self-Help & Empowerment
by Miriam Knight     June 12, 2015    
Diane Holcomb, EastWest Bookstore
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The editors of this book have compiled words of wisdom from an eclectic group of people for an eclectic bunch of graduates. The activists, writers, visionaries, scientists, and musicians herein don't skirt the global issues of today, the stuff the media shouts from our televisions and newspapers and web pages, the scary stuff about the world heading down whatever dark alley it might be heading. They don't gloss over these issues—but they do expect a brighter tomorrow for these grads; they talk of empathy and meaningfulness and going the distance and shaping one's destiny. They talk of being "in" time, not "on" time. They talk of living inside hope. And the speakers themselves seem to be putting their hopes into the graduates before them—prodding, daring them to be courageous, to make their marks for the betterment of the planet, to make a difference in the lives of others.

Who are these wise speakers? Anna Quindlen and Wynton Marsalis and Barbara Kingsolver, to name a few. Toni Morrison, Tony Kushner, Paul Hawken and Usula K. Le Guinn to name others.

Within these pages the words are poetic and lyrical and humorous and honest, encouraging words to make this country smarter, this lifetime better, this moment fuller.

A thoughtful, inspiring gift for the grad in your life, or even for yourself; something to dip into when you need a nudge of encouragement or a bellowing "wake up and sing your song."

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