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

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

Staff Review: "Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination" by J. K. Rowling, Joel Holland

★★★★★

I wish someone had read these inspiring words to me on my graduation day! This is a beautiful commencement speech formatted into a beautiful book that helps a beautiful cause, J.K Rowling's charity, Lumos. Told with humor and unquestionable wisdom by (in my very biased opinion) one of the best authors in the world, this is a commencement speech for the records. Rowling delves into the importance of both failure and imagination in our lives, saying once, "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 (34)." Another line I found quite powerful was, "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 (67)." Several lines will stay with me forever, as is J.K. Rowling's intention and talent. This is a short, but exceptional read.
 

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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