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

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

Title:Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316369152
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:74 pages

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.


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

  • 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...

  • Raeleen Lemay

    Beautiful. This is going right next to Neil Gaiman's Make Good Art on my bookshelf. ...

  • 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 autho...

  • 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 t...

  • Archit Ojha

    Life's good.You know, that life is 90 percent what happens to you and 10 percent how you react to it.Rightly so, we are all defined by the choices that we make. JKR amalgamates humor with emotions exh...

  • LT

    “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.” Very inspiring! JK Rowling has a magical way with words. Love it!...

  • Clumsy Storyteller

    “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...

  • Jeff

    Never was a more true word spoken. A gifted speech from a gifted author. Definitely worth then 20 minutes to finish it! ...