When selecting a gift for someone who’s graduating from school and moving on to the next step in life, it’s important to balance your envy (oh, to be just starting out!) with your relief (thank goodness I’m not just starting out!) with your bossiness (I should probably tell this person everything they need to know about just starting out!). A great way to do that is to tape your mouth shut and hand over a wonderful book. Let it do the talking for you.
Here are 18 pieces of bookish advice for new grads. (Descriptions by the publishers, with a bit of our own commentary thrown in.)
When in doubt, refer to the lessons of childhood.
Seek out those who have been where you are and lived to tell about it.
Everyone has to get a job sometime. Be prepared for life in the workplace.
This book is not about laughing at lawyers. It’s about laughing with them. Created by the writing team of DuPuy (a practicing law partner) and Philpott (a humor writer and poet — and yes, that’s our Mary Laura), these hilarious vignettes comprise a collection to be treasured by anyone who has lived through law school, first jobs, thrilling victories, eye-opening disappointments, and the lifestyle particular to this career choice. This slim volume is perfect for law school graduates or college grads headed that way.
To all the 2014 graduates: Congratulations — you did it! One last piece of advice? Don’t give up on books just because you’re finished with school. The joy of reading never ends.
Now get out there and save the world.