Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

Very Good Lives

When J.K. Rowling was invited to deliver the commencement address at Harvard University, she chose to speak to the graduating class about two topics very close to her heart: the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination. Having the courage to fail, she said, is as vital to a good life as any conventional measure of success; imagining ourselves into the place of another--particularly someone less fortunate than ourselves--is a uniquely...

Details Very Good Lives

TitleVery Good Lives
Release DateApr 14th, 2015
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Self Help, Adult

Reviews Very Good Lives

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    simply inspiring.
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Beautiful. This is going right next to Neil Gaiman's Make Good Art on my bookshelf.
  • Jayson
    (B+) 78% | GoodNotes: Her advice isn't especially deep or revelatory or new, but it's presented well and reading it just makes you feel better.
  • Bill Kerwin
    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), George Saunders at Syracuse (2013)—it is still memorable. It speaks to the nature of its audience, gives good advice both on how to profit from adversity and also how to discern what is valuable, and—as a bonus—it illustrates its points with...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    قد تعتقد أن تقييمي للكتاب بسبب شغفي بالمؤلفة فحسبفدعونا نتفق أن تقرأ 'خطبة' من تلك الخطب التي تلقي علي الطلبة يوم تخرجهم هو أمر ليس مشجعا علي اﻷطلاق..حتي إن كان الكتاب شكله جذابابل والخطبة هي عن أهمية وفوائد الفشل....تخيل؟وبالفعل تعترف جوان رولينج ف...
  • Kai
    “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” This genius woman. J. K. Rowling you're my favourite author. You forever will be.Find more of my books on Instagram
  • Lala BooksandLala
    "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."
  • Brina
    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 true to all, and she even managed to sneak in a few Potter references. I finished in about 15 minutes, and am wishful to think that J K can publish a longer book of essays, which I am sure many of us would be happy to read.
  • Khadidja
    “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 to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greates...
  • Jeff
    Never was a more true word spoken. A gifted speech from a gifted author. Definitely worth then 20 minutes to finish it!