Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

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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 offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: 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 issues with acuity and emotional force.

Title:Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0316369152
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:74 pages

    Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination Reviews

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jul 13, 2015

    simply inspiring. ...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Apr 08, 2015

    Beautiful. This is going right next to Neil Gaiman's Make Good Art on my bookshelf. ...

  • Mohammed Arabey
    Jan 08, 2015

    قد تعتقد أن تقييمي للكتاب بسبب شغفي بالمؤلفة فحسبفدعونا نتفق أن تقرأ 'خطبة' من تلك الخطب التي تلقي علي الطلبة ي...

  • Kai
    Apr 21, 2015

    “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”This genius woman. J. K. Rowling you're my favourite author. You forever will be....

  • Lala BooksandLala
    Aug 01, 2016

    "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- in which case, you fail by default."...

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Jan 04, 2017

    I enjoyed and admire Rowling’s speech to Harvard graduates (class of 2008). If it is not quite the equal of the greatest commencement addresses of this century—David Foster Wallace at Kenyon (2005...

  • Brina
    Feb 03, 2016

    The reason I gave this book 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because it was so short. This is the published form of J K Rowling's commencement address to Harvard graduates in 2008. Her words of wisdom ring t...

  • Jeff
    May 07, 2015

    Never was a more true word spoken. A gifted speech from a gifted author. Definitely worth then 20 minutes to finish it! ...

  • Khadidja
    Mar 18, 2017

    “So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began...

  • Rose
    May 12, 2015

    "And rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." All the people in J.K Rowling's life must feel so incredibly blessed. I would.As a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I have read a l...