Conversations, VOLUME 7

George Saunders – Some Thoughts on Kindness [Book Trailer]

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0812996275″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”234″ alt=”George Saunders” ]As announced in yesterday’s list of new book releases to watch for this week, one of this week’s most interesting books is:

Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.
George Saunders

Hardback:  Random House, 2014.
Buy now:  [ [easyazon-link asin=”0812996275″ locale=”us”]Amazon[/easyazon-link]  ]   [ [easyazon-link asin=”B00G1J1DCI” locale=”us”]Kindle[/easyazon-link] ] 
You can actually read the full text of George Saunders’ 2013 Syracuse graduation speech here, but this is a lovely hardback edition that would make a wonderful gift for your family and friends who are graduating this spring.   I can think of no better advice to graduates than what Saunders offers here: to prefer kindness to self-focused ambition.

George Saunders is also author of TENTH OF DECEMBER, a collection of stories that was selected as one of our Best Books of 2013!  Read our review ]

Here is a video with Saunders reading an excerpt of the book:


C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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