You Are Not Special-- and Other Encouragements

You Are Not Special-- and Other Encouragements

Book - 2014
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David McCullough never expected that his commencement speech in 2012 would go viral and be talked about all over the world. Now he gives insights into that speech, school, family, and life in general, in a witty and poignant way that is helpful for parents and teens.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062257345
Branch Call Number: 170.44 M139
Characteristics: xxxii, 316 pages ; 19 cm


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Lewiscarl Jun 11, 2017

This is just a really beautiful book. I like his encouragements about students, school, being a parent, knowing yourself and other things. He has a way of saying things that makes me chuckle. And his advice to read books for enjoyment and to learn about life is what's making me a reader again.

Even in this culture where every kid is special and they should do a thousand things to stand out from the rest, you kind of realize you're not special anymore if you're doing what everyone else is doing. And maybe it's okay if you don't stand out from the rest. As long as you're out there being yourself and working together with others to help this world be a better place, then that is what matters. His chapter about death also makes you want to appreciate life just a little more.

Very quickly, his book makes you feel like he knows what you're thinking and knows what you've been through and also what you might go through. It's comforting and reassuring.

I think his one message in this book is to live life loving what you do and to be yourself. It's cliched but very, very heartening. (And no worries, it's not all pie in the sky, he balances all these lofty notions of being yourself with the real world.)

Give it a read. If you don't like it, that's okay too.


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