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A revelatory, uplifting, and gorgeously illustrated meditation on dedication, hard work, and the power of perseverance from the beloved, New York Times bestselling, and two-time National Book Award–winning Jesmyn Ward.
For Tulane University’s 2018 commencement, Jesmyn Ward delivered a stirring speech about the value of hard work and the importance of respect for on
Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, New York Times bestselling author, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together.
"Don't be fooled by the title of this seriocomic ode to success; it's not 'Climb Every Mountain,' kid version. All journeys face perils, whether from indecision, from loneliness, or worst of all, from too much waiting. Seuss' familiar pajama-clad hero is up to the challenge, and his odyssey is captured vividly in busy two-page spreads evoking both the good times (grinning purple elephants, floating golden castles) and the bad (deep blue wells of confusion). Seuss' message is simple but never sappy: life may be a 'Great Balancing Act,' but through it all 'There's fun to be done.'"--(starred) Booklist.
Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On
For new graduates, or for anyone facing imminent change, here is profound insight, bold inspiration, and truly ensloxifying advice. Also an occasional hippo. No wombats.
What's more, Yay,You! will not overstress the weary mind.
Mark Bittman's highly acclaimed, bestselling book "How to Cook Everything" is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With "How to Cook Everything The Basics" he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook, particularly novices, should know.
From an icon of popular culture, here is inspiring advice for artists, graduates, and all who seek happiness and success on their own terms.
In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make good art.
A manifesto for the digital age, "Steal Like an Artist" is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.
How to Survive Your Freshman Year offers incoming college freshmen the experience, advice, and wisdom of their peers: hundreds of other students who have survived their first year of college and have something interesting to say about it.
From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller and Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more
A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.
Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy.$9.95ISBN: 9781594747106Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Quirk Books - March 25th, 2014
This pocket-size handbook is the perfect gift for high-school seniors ready to conquer the college campus!
Covering everything from move-in day to graduation, this little book is the ultimate reference for every part of campus life, including:
· How to Pull an All-Nighter$24.95ISBN: 9781419715709Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Harry N. Abrams - April 14th, 2015$9.95ISBN: 9780761179887Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Workman Publishing Company - April 22nd, 2014
Pursuing a dream is hard work, but the right words delivered at the right time—by people who’ve been there and done that—can give us just the motivation we need.$37.00ISBN: 9780470528068Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 24th, 2012
Mark Bittman's highly acclaimed, bestselling book "How to Cook Everything" is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With "How to Cook Everything The Basics" he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook, particularly novices, should know.$17.00ISBN: 9780762447695Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Running Press Adult - April 23rd, 2013Packed with humor, inspiration, and advice, You Are a Badass is the #1 New York Times bestselling self-help book that teaches you how to get better without getting busted.$14.95ISBN: 9781603420303Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Storey Publishing, LLC - January 7th, 2009If the pizza-delivery guy is in your apartment more often than your roommate, The Healthy College Cookbook is exactly what you need. Whether you’re a meat lover, vegetarian, or vegan, you’ll find simple and adaptable recipes for quick breakfasts, portable snacks, fresh lunches, and satisfying dinners. Busy students will love these tasty, nutritious recipes.$9.99ISBN: 9781465492180Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: DK - October 15th, 2019
The perfect, satirical find for those who dare to dissent, fight for what they believe in, and change the world for the better--one lace collar at a time.$15.99ISBN: 9781538729137Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Grand Central Life & Style - March 6th, 2018
If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it's OK. But it doesn't have to be this way.$14.99ISBN: 9781623158576Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Rockridge Press - February 21st, 2017
Fast, easy and healthy eating at college and ever after.
College food has developed quite the culinary "reputation." Most students don't have the time, money, or space to make meals like mom used to, so words like fast, cheap, and microwavable have become synonymous with college eating. But there IS a better way$15.00ISBN: 9780143130406Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: TarcherPerigee - May 2nd, 2017
WASHINGTON POST “COLOR OF MONEY” BOOK CLUB PICK
Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck and Get Your Financial Life Together (#GYFLT)!
$12.99ISBN: 9781930238831Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Yosemite Conservancy - March 27th, 2018
John Muir wrote many wonderful books about his travels, but one story--about his long walk from San Francisco to Yosemite--is one book he did not author himself. In April 1868, a very young John Muir stepped off a boat in San Francisco and inquired about the quickest way out of town.$37.50ISBN: 9781523506484Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Workman Publishing Company - October 15th, 2019
“A wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper.”— New York Times
Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura is a phenomenon of a travel book that shot to the top of bestseller lists when it was first published and changed the way we think about the world, expanding our sense of how strange and m$21.99ISBN: 9781788681292Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Lonely Planet - April 16th, 2019
So, you want to experience the ultimate overseas adventure?
Whether you're a gap year student or young traveller, taking a sabbatical or career break, a parent or guardian wanting to travel with your children, or in retirement and looking for your next adventure - The Big Trip is for you.$40.00ISBN: 9781640497702Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Moon Travel - October 22nd, 2019Dream, discover, and uncover your next great adventure. Moon Travel Guides takes you on a journey around the world with Wanderlust: A Traveler's Guide to the Globe.$15.00ISBN: 9781524799595Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Ballantine Books - April 3rd, 2018
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Advice for graduates and reflections on staying true to yourself from the beloved Gilmore Girls actress and New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Talking as Fast as I Can and the novel Someday, Someday, Maybe.
$15.95ISBN: 9780525655015Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Knopf - April 10th, 2018
This is Oh, the Places You'll Never Go--the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it.
"This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning."$14.99ISBN: 9781641529389Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Rockridge Press - December 10th, 2019
College Cooking 101: Tasty, affordable meals made right on campus.
Being away from home in college doesn't mean you have to be away from delicious, fresh cooking. The Easy College Cookbook will teach you how to make incredible meals wherever you live with clever recipes that use typical dormitory appliances, easy-to-find ingredients, and a few basic tools.$25.00ISBN: 9780143134091Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Penguin Books - April 14th, 2020
“There are more than 50 creative prompts for the artist (or artist at heart) to explore. Take the title of this book as affirmation, and get started.” —Fast Company
More than 50 assignments, ideas, and prompts to expand your world and help you make outstanding new things to put into it