Whether from high school, college, or university, graduation marks an important transition in a young person's life.
Help get them started on the next chapter of their own story with one of these inspiring titles.
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by Tavis Smiley - $14.99 - Add to Cart
In the tradepaper edition of this engaging and attractively illustrated gift book, media personality and social entrepreneur Tavis Smiley shares 50 hard-won lessons he's gleaned from a life that's taken him from a crowded Indiana trailer to an internship in the office of Los Angeles's first and only black mayor, to friendships with cultural luminaries such as Maya Angelou and Quincy Jones, to hosting television and radio programs on BET, NPR, and PBS, and guiding and supporting the next generation of leaders with his Tavis Smiley Foundation. Whether it's overcoming your fears, finding your own unique voice and staying true toit, or using the inescapability of time to keep you marching to ever greater heights, these lessons will help those just starting out in life as well as those in need of a recalibration of priorities in order to finally achieve their dreams. Each lesson is accompanied by an illustration in the style of Smiley's popular Empowerment cards, building to a unique, expressive, inspirational whole-just what readers have to come to expect from the incomparable Smiley.
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by Cristina Elena Vanko - $20.00 - Add to Cart
A guided journal to celebrate your adult firstsCongrats--you're an adult now!* Your first real job. The first plant you kept alive. The first relationship you kept alive (until further notice).This hand-lettered and illustrated guided journal is a charming and cheeky celebration of what it means to finally be a grown-up (sort of). From the first time you visited home without bringing dirty laundry to the first time you truly felt comfortable in your own skin, the small victories and meaningful milestones in this quirky and insightful journal make it a great gift and a fun experience for anyone winning at adulthood - the good, the bad and the OMG. *Ish
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by Andy Boyle - $22.00 - Add to Cart
"A hilarious guide to help young workers not be idiots....The book is, truly, a guide to being an adult in the modern age." --Chicago TribuneThe life-survival guide you didn't know you needed. But you do.As any current or former twentysomething knows, adulthood can be kind of awkward because no one tells you what to expect. Most people spend a decade or more figuring out the unwritten rules of life, the hard way.Does Andy Boyle have everything figured out? No. But the honest and good-natured advice in this genuinely helpful book will help any newly minted adult get through the hard parts faster, guaranteed. (Note: not literally guaranteed.)Topics include:* The A**hole Test* "Friend Zone," "Adulting," and Other Things to Stop Saying* Should I Get Back with My Ex? (Spoiler: No)* Networking Like a Not Gross Person* Failing Isn't Failure, and Other Mostly Good Rules to Live By* Don't Be CreepyPerfect for anyone who's ready to graduate into adulthood, or at least out of their mom's basement.
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by Sarah Andersen - $16.99 - Add to Cart
Do you love networking to advance your career? Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared? Ugh. Please go away.2016 GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMICS!These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the hugely popular young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us. They document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life. Oh and they are totally not autobiographical. At all.Adulthood Is a Myth presents many fan favorites plus dozens of all-new comics exclusive to this book. Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah's frankness on personal issues like body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and the frequency of bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and deeply hilarious.
by Jeff Chegwin - $20.99 - Add to Cart
Stories to inspire us all to learn from our mistakes. Failure is something none of us like to experience, but Dare to Win explains that mistakes are not only good for you, they can actually lead to huge successes. If you look at the most inspirational innovators, athletes and icons throughout history, they all share a common belief-they simply do not entertain the notion of failure as a bad thing. In Dare to Win you'll read some real life lessons, learned by the most talented and successful people in the world. From Steve Jobs to Beyonce, Simon Cowell, Michael Jordan, Einstein, JK Rowling, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and more. Just been fired? It could be the best thing that's ever happened to you. Keep getting your ideas knocked back at work? Rethink your approach. If we didn't have failure, how would we know what to do next? The process of learning from our mistakes is truly invaluable, and is something we need to run toward, not run away from.
by Becky Blades - $20.99 - Add to Cart
No matter how hard they try, parents never have time to teach their children everything they need to know before they leave home. Luckily, Becky Blades has compiled the best tidbits of advice into one thought-provoking, conversation-starting book. Covering everything from posture to finances, with a hint of motherly sass, Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone is the perfect gift for leaving-the-nest kids, or anyone in your life who could use a little bit of coming-of-age common sense.
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by Gemma Barton - $25.50 - Add to Cart
Too often a design or architecture degree is seen as a means to an end (a job in an established practice). But imagine for one moment that there are no employers, no firms to send your resume to, no interviews to be had-what would you do? How would you forge your own path after graduation? The current economic climate has seen many graduates chasing a finite number of positions. The most ingenious and driven designers have found weird and wonderful ways of making opportunities for themselves, often by applying their skills across the creative disciplines of art, design, architecture, and interiors. Knowing what you want from your design career and being able to adapt your strategy to suit is basic and vital-just like in the wild, designers need to evolve. The book celebrates the various strategies that students and graduates are taking to gain exposure, while also including interviews and inspirational advice from those who are now enjoying success as a result of their creative approach to employment.
by Diane E. Muldrow - $10.99 - Add to Cart
A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups! One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life situation that hadn't been covered in the more than 70-year-old line of children's books--from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things. In this age of debt, depression, and diabetes, could we adults use a refresher course in the gentle lessons from these adorable books, she wondered--a "Little Golden guide to life"? Yes, we could! Muldrow's humorous yet practical tips for getting the most out of life ("Don't forget to enjoy your wedding!" "Be a hugger." "Sweatpants are bad for morale."), drawn from more than 60 stories, are paired with delightful images from these best-loved children's books of all time--among them The Poky Little Puppy, Pantaloon, Mister Dog, Nurse Nancy, We Help Mommy, Five Pennies to Spend, and The Little Red Hen. The Golden greats of children's illustration are represented here as well: Richard Scarry, Garth Williams, Eloise Wilkin, J. P. Miller, and Mary Blair, among many others. Sure to bring memories and a smile, this book is a perfect gift for baby boomers, recent grads, lovers of children's literature--or anyone who cherishes the sturdy little books with the shiny cardboard covers and gold foil spines!
by CHRONICLE BOOKS - $18.50 - Add to Cart
Go Forth! is the perfect dose of positivity and kick-in-the-pants motivation to get out and get living, making, and doing. Chock-full of uplifting text-based art with an emphasis on being brave, courageous, and authentic, it's the perfect gift for grads, travelers, or anyone else in need of inspiration as they embark on a new adventure. Think Everything Is Going to Be OK and You Are So Loved with an audacious new look-bold, rather than sweet-fit for the contemporary reader.
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by H.a. Rey - $18.50 - Add to Cart
Packed with inspiration and humor this little book is the perfect gift for all the curious people in your life! For more than seventy-five years, the world of Curious George has delighted readers with its playful charm and deceptively simple wisdom. Fans of the Keep Calm and Carry On craze will find comfort in this Georgified version of the popular book format. Each inspiration is humorously accompanied by an illustration from the original works of H. A. Rey's Curious George books. Sure to make readers chuckle as only George can, this book is packed with inspiration and humor. It's the perfect gift for all the curious people in your life!
by John Waters - $21.95 - Add to Cart
From an icon of popular culture, here is inspiring advice for artists, graduates, and all who seek happiness and success on their own terms. So what if you have talent? Then what? When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral, in part because it was so brilliantly on point about making a living as a creative person. Now we can all enjoy his sly wisdom in a manifesto that reminds us, no matter what field we choose, to embrace chaos, be nosy, and outrage our critics. Anyone embarking on a creative path, he tells us, would do well to realize that pragmatism and discipline are as important as talent and that rejection is nothing to fear. Waters advises young people to eavesdrop, listen to their enemies, and horrify us with new ideas. In other words, MAKE TROUBLE! Illustrated with slightly demented line drawings by Eric Hanson, Make Trouble is a one-of-a-kind gift, the perfect playbook for gaming the system by making the system work for you.
by Dr Suits - $24.00 - Add to Cart
Every young grad needs this fun, snarky primer for the real world. You'll meet the world's brightest, you'll hang with the best! And now that you've met them, you'll work with the rest! If you're looking for an inspirational book for young people starting life's great adventure, you probably want to read Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go! But before your first day of actual work, you need to meet Dr. Suits for a dose of reality. You won't learn this stuff in high school, college, or gift books by world-famous authors. But fear not! With his unique blend of hilarious verse and images, Dr. Suits can help young grads get a handle on what's really about to hit them. Oh, the Meetings You'll Go To! is a brutally honest, and ultimately uplifting, take on the struggles of post-grad life that every 20-something will relate to. Tough love never made you laugh so hard.
by Dr. Seuss - $24.99 - Add to Cart
For out-starting upstarts of all ages, here is a wonderfully wise and blessedly brief graduation speech from the one and only Dr. Seuss. In verse and pictures he addresses The Great Balancing Act (life itself, and the ups and downs it presents). The perfect send-off for anyone starting out in the maze of life, be they nursery school grads or medical school achievers.
by Bridget Watson Payne - $20.95 - Add to Cart
Hello, grown-ups of all ages! Eclectic, bite-sized bursts of advice meet quirky illustrations in this playful guide to feeling like the grown-up we all wanted to be as a kid. From thoughts on the best way to open a champagne bottle to a short list of the kitchen tools you actually need, these tips and tricks reveal secrets that are attainable, not intimidating. Anyone can make a life upgrade using these insights alongside the traits they already have-their wits, creativity, and enthusiasm. This engaging guide is the perfect gift for recent grads, first-apartment dwellers, and anyone who's ready to grow up, one step at a time.