Graduation Gifts: Books for Life After College

It’s that time of the year again when seniors all across the country are getting ready to put their graduation caps on. With nostalgia and memories of their college years, there is also excitement and anticipation in the air for the next chapter of their lives. Do you have a loved one graduating this year? Looking for a graduation gift to mark their special day? What better way to congratulate them for all they have achieved as they take on the next phase of their lives, than with these thought-provoking and inspiring books!

The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically by Peter Singer

One of our most respected philosophers redefines altruism and offers provocative guidelines for living a fully ethical life, choosing a career and lifestyle, and calculating which charitable gifts will do the most good.




Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class by Scott Timberg

A near-perfect storm of change has put countless artists, writers, dancers, and musicians out of work. This book is the first to look deeply into the roots of the crisis of the creative class in America and to explore both the human toll and the consequences for society.




Speed Limits: Where Time Went and Why We Have So Little Left by Mark C. Taylor

A leading thinker considers how “faster” has become synonymous with “better” and assesses the dangers of our hurried times. Calling for a transformation of values, he shows how we can regain control and create a more patient, deliberative, and sustainable world.




Curiosity by Alberto Manguel

In this eclectic history of human curiosity, a celebrated reader and intellectual offers a great feast of ideas and a delightful memoir of a reading life. Through examples of famous thinkers who persistently asked “Why?” Alberto Manguel explores how curiosity inspires the imagination to soar.




Jealousy by Peter Toohey

Peter Toohey offers a provocative, witty, and beautifully illustrated exploration of one of the great drivers of contemporary society: the much-maligned and generally misunderstood emotion of jealousy, which helps us as much as it harms.




Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up by Philip N. Howard

A leading digital expert looks at the most powerful political tool ever created—the internet of things. He shows how it can be a tool for censorship and surveillance, or a means of promoting democracy and strengthening civic engagement around the world.






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