Every year, there's a new book or two featuring graduation speeches, a famous person's advice to college graduates. I doubt, though, that any of them will ever be as popular as Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go. That doesn't stop authors from trying.
Interestingly enough, when Cassandra King provides a six-point list for graduates at the University of Montevallo, she leads off with "Be Sweet", meaning be nice to people, whether you mean it or not. And, she starts that point by quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson. "You can never do a kindness too soon because you will never know when it will be too late."
King's book is The Same Sweet Girls' Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Belle. With
Most of us don't need graduation advice telling us how to live life. However, it doesn't hurt to be reminded once in a while that we should be kind and grateful. Cassandra King and George Saunders just remind us that graduation advice is almost always practical for the living of day to day life.
Cassandra King's website is www.cassandrakingconroy.com
Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders. Random House, 2014. ISBN 9780812996272 (hardcover).
The Same Sweet Girls' Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Belle by Cassandra King. Maiden Lane Press, 2014. ISBN 9781940210032 (hardcover), 95p.
FTC Full Disclosure - Saunders' was a library book, and King's was sent by the publicist, hoping I would review it.