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‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’: Tomes for graduates
Recommendations » Booksellers and librarians suggest where to turn for guidance — and fun.


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Jan Pinborough, author and editor » "The Forest" by Claire A. Nivola — a beautiful book for any graduate who pauses trembling at the gateway to her own future.

Deb Greathouse, librarian » I always like "Oh, the Places You’ll Go" by Dr. Seuss. There’s a whole wonderful world out there, so dream big.

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Lisa Mangum, author and editor » "Drawing Out the Dragons" by James A. Owen. It’s a wonderfully inspirational book about never giving up and being strong enough to overcome any obstacles that stand in your way.

Sara Larson, author » Though it might seem silly, I honestly love "Oh, the Places You’ll Go" by Dr. Seuss.

Trish Hull, librarian » I think I would give them Clayton Christensen’s "How Will You Measure Your Life." The time to plan how your life will end up is now.

Margaret Brennan Neville, bookseller » I like giving travel books to graduates. Or the perfect novel. I do strive for perfection with my choices, and I slip money into the book.

Nathan Spofford, bookseller » "This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life" by David Foster Wallace. My takeaway is that life, every minute of every day, is either joy or drudgery. The choice is ours, every second of every day.

Sally Larkin, bookseller » I love "Endurance" by Alfred Lansing about Shackleton’s voyage to Antarctica.

Robert Kirby, famous columnist » "The Essential Calvin & Hobbes" by Bill Watterson. No matter where we go or what we achieve, we’re still just kids inside.




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