Very Good Lives

Very Good Lives

The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

Book - 2015 | First edition
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In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life's most important questions with acuity and emotional force.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780316369152
Call Number: 158 R8847v 2015
Characteristics: 69 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Oct 29, 2019

I could have probably watched this on you tube, it was a nice quick read with some thought provoking quotes and some nice graphics.

"We touch other people's lives simply by existing"

JM_BC Aug 26, 2019

This was a fun, quick read of J.K. Rowlings’s commencement speech at Harvard University in 2008. She provides a quick synopsis of her shortcomings earlier in life, and adds in a few Harry Potter jokes just to remind the reader of her successes.

May 19, 2019

Which Harry Potter fan wouldn't have relished having JKR give their graduation address. And how much more clever can you get then having one of the most successful women of her time speak about the power of failure. However since one never sets out to fail, and hopefully failure is the last thing on the minds of a new graduate on graduation day, I'm not sure her address to this graduating Ivy League class was the right "plot" to offer up.

happyphi Apr 27, 2019

A very quick read, filled with meaningful, wise, and inspiring tips about living your life to the fullest! This is certainly different than her usual Harry Potter series, focusing on improving your lifestyle and learning from your past to become a better You today. Strongly recommend!

Feb 21, 2019

Practical advice from the queen herself. Great for graduates or those facing a major life change.

Jun 20, 2016

Inspiration to its max. Beautifully illustrated. A must-read for the people trying to find their path into the wide world of wonders.

Jan 10, 2016

You don't need magic, these words have power. This book, “Very Good Lives: the Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination” is derived from a commencement speech given by J. K. Rowling at Harvard University and it is centered on two aspects of Ms. Rowling’s journey: the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination.

Jul 21, 2015

Powerful 10 minute read, author J.K. Rowling's rousing commencement for Harvard's 2008 graduates.

Jul 20, 2015

J.K. Rowling did a speech at Harvard University and it was so good they turned it into a book. First, it is important to embrace failure because we learn from are mistakes. Next it is important to have an imagination to always not be so stressed. In the end I loved this book and hope she makes more speeches she turns into books.

JMFlaherty Jun 27, 2015

Writing is definitely J K. Rowling's gift. Indeed, a most wonderful gift. And this small, but precious, and wonderfully written book is not just a wonderful gift for any graduating student but inspirational to read for all of us already out there in the big, wide, ever-challenging world. Bless. her.

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Jun 24, 2016

J. K. Rowling's speech at Harvard University seeds hope into the darkest of times. She speaks of the importance of having an active, colourful imagination while elaborating on the benefits of failure.


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Jun 08, 2016

"We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already."


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