• Congratulations, by the Way

  • Some Thoughts on Kindness
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: George Saunders
  • Length: 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

This inspiring meditation on kindness from the author of Lincoln in the Bardo is based on his popular commencement address. 

Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of The New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders’ words tap in to a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. 

Powerful, funny, and wise, Congratulations, by the Way is an inspiring message from one of today’s most influential and original writers.  

Praise for Congratulations, by the Way 

“As slender as a psalm, and as heavy.” (The New York Times)

“The graduating college senior in your life probably just wants money. But if you want to impart some heartfelt, plainspoken wisdom in addition to a check, you can't do much better than [Congratulations, by the Way].” (Entertainment Weekly)

“The loving selflessness that [George Saunders] advises and the interconnectedness that he recognizes couldn’t be purer or simpler - or more challenging.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Warm and tender.” (Publishers Weekly)

©2014 George Saunders (P)2014 Random House Audio

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This is a great way to introduce yourself to his writing. I've been recommended his books and now I know I'm going to like him as an author.

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