Weekly Book Special: Take This Advice: The Most Nakedly Honest Graduation Speeches Ever Given (including Will Ferrell’s Harvard Commencement Speech in 2003)
High school and college graduation is right around the corner. Do you have the perfect gift for your grad? This week’s book special is:
Edited by Sandra Bark (Hardcover, 225 pages, 2005, $20.00)
This book offers 30 of the most powerful commencement speeches given in the past decade.
With grace and humor, this generation’s favorite writers, performers and thinkers address graduates to celebrate their greatest achievement, and to let them know that life after school is not, as many suspect, the end of the world.
Speakers include: Will Ferrell, Bill Cosby, Seamus Heaney, Toni Morrison, Meryl Streep, Robert Pinsky, Gloria Steinem, Sting, Al Franken, President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Salmon Rushdie and Frank McCourt. Here’s Will Ferrell’s Harvard commencement speech in 2003:
“Will Ferrell…is not only one of the funniest humans on earth, but he’s wisely, wisdomly wise-like,” writes Brad Munson on the Comic Relief blog. “This [is one of] a number of other wonderfully clear and horribly honest commence addresses. Read it…if you dare.”
“Many of the strongest speeches double as mini autobiographies, like Bill Cosby’s revelation of his loopy beginnings as a poor and overconfident comedian,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. “[T]hose are the strongest and most affecting in the collection.”
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