My mom went through a phase where she only gave me books that had titles like, “What Should I Do with My Life?”
While I appreciated her intentions, she unfortunately only bombarded me with the books after I’d announced my decision to become a full-time journalist.
No motivational text was inspiring enough to sway me away from a life of erratic hours and low pay.
I don’t oppose giving a recent graduate a real-world survival manual, however.
Put a decent amount of thought into your selection and it’ll make a memorable gift — one that eases the discomfort that comes with ditching a world where shower use requires flip flops.
Shopping for your favorite grad? Try these literary selections:
“Commencement” (J. Courtney Sullivan)
This novel tells the story of four fictional female friends who meet at Smith College. It follows their friendships past graduation, when real life tests their bonds.
“Commencement” is a good pick for college graduates, many of whom will encounter similar issues as they leave the college bubble.
“How to Sew a Button” (Erin Bried)
It’s hard to hate a book that sells itself on your grandmother’s wisdom.
Bried gives instructions for a variety of home survival skills that have left the realm of common knowledge. Your grad will learn culinary life exists beyond Easy Mac.
“The Naked Roommate” (Harlan Cohen)
This book is your one-stop source for college survival advice. It covers topics spanning everything from finances to the party scene. Hand it off and hope the recipient learns to navigate dorm drama.
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future” (Michael J. Fox)
Michael J. Fox as an advice guru? Sure!
In his newest book, Fox offers wisdom on life’s twists and turns. He tells readers that for better or worse, the learning process continues far beyond formal education.
“If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You” (Kelly Cutrone)
Yeah, the title’s harsh, but Cutrone — widely recognized for her appearances on MTV reality shows — serves up some necessary tough-love truths.
“What Should I Do with My Life?” (Po Bronson)
Are you happy, Mom?
Maybe my mom didn’t have the best timing when she gave me this book, but it’s still a good read for grads.
Bronson profiles many people trying to answer the title question. You’ll find varying perceptions of things like ambition and life purpose.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8516.