J.K. Rowling, one of the world’s most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice.

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.

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Reader Reviews


"Humble and moving, full of ideals one hopes the world's most privileged young people will take to heart."—Ron Charles, Washington Post
"A beautifully illustrated little book."—Shaun Fitzpatrick, Bustle
"Include[s] plenty of uplifting nuggets and words of wisdom."—Eliza Thompson, Cosmo.com
"It's sure to be a favorite gift for new graduates."—Michael Giltz, Huffington Post
"One of the author's all-time most inspirational speeches."—Josh Wigler, MTV.com
"The graduation gift book of the spring."—Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today
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