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6 Must-Read Books for Graduates

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6 Must-Read Books for Graduates As Tom Petty said: it’s into the great wide open. After four years of campus bubble-living and limited responsibilities, that’s pretty much what life is – an open road in the shape of a question mark. The next few months - and let’s be honest, years - will be filled with lots of “first” questions – first proper job, first apartment, first serious relationship. And these must-have books for graduates will get you on the way to some answers.

From job hunting advice to inspirational graduation books for college departees (sniff, sniff) to tips for tactile stuff like setting up an apartment, we rounded up six must-reads that will help you or your favorite recent graduate navigate this awesome but change-filled time.


I Just Graduated. Now What? by Katherine Schwarzenegger

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I Just Graduated. Now What? by Katherine Schwarzenegger
If you don’t have your dream job in hand – or uhhhh any job yet – you may be asking yourself just that: now what? In this perfect giftable book for college grads, Schwarzenegger chats with entrepreneurs, politicians, actors, and news anchors like Anderson Cooper, John Legend, Blake Mycoskie of TOMS shoes, and Meghan McCain about their path to success and advice for finding your first job, the balance of choosing a paycheck over a passion, how to handle student loan debt, and more.
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Stuff Every Graduate Should Know by Alyssa Favreau 978-1594748608

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Stuff Every Graduate Should Know by Alyssa Favreau
Do you wish post-college life came with a how-to manual? This is it. From setting up your first apartment to first aid remedies to job interview tips, Favreau covers a lot of introductory ground – for those days when, you know, mom doesn’t pick up the phone.
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Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want by Jenny Blake 9780762441273

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Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want by Jenny Blake
A life coach in book format, this fun book is sprinkled with sage real-life advice (from college graduates just like you), big picture brainstorming worksheets that make you look at the important stuff like personal values, along with guidance on job hunting, finances, family, dating life, and your health.
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What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles 2018-18 Edition 9780399579639

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What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles
Going beyond job searching, Bolles’ book – named one of Time magazine most important books of all time – digs deeper and encourages soul searching and self-discovery. Whether you’re embarking on your first big job search, or are amidst a crisis of conscience in pursuing a career unrelated to the major you just spent four sleepless years on, “Parachute” is an indispensible book for graduates.
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Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg

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Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
One of the top must-have books for graduates, Sandberg’s “for Graduates” edition builds on her best-selling workplace memoir slash self-help resource. Penned before the #metoo hashtag took over Twitter, this expanded title – geared toward workforce newbies – focuses on workplace equality, self-confidence, risk-reward, and work/life balance.
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101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone 9780802410849

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101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone
Like the best Pinterest quote board come to life, if penned by a Comedy Central-worthy writer. Angone’s deft humor is the perfect foil for getting to the nut of the cold-hearted truth: your twenties will likely give you the greatest uncertainty you’ll ever know. Until your thirties, that is.
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