Thanks for all the great feedback from last week’s part 1 blog! Without further ado, here’s part 2:

 

6. The Wind­-Up Bird Chronicle

 

 

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OK, OK, I know what you’re thinking. ‘More Murakami?!’ But this second book in the selection is with good reason. It’s the story Toru Okada, who recently joined the unemployed masses. With lots of time on his hands Toru embarks on a series of odd adventures that never would have happened if he was stuck in an office chair. It starts with the loss of his job and it just keeps getting worse. But as he deals with loss, he finds what he’s looking for in something unexpected that fills the hole in his daily life.

 

7. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

 

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Perfect if you’re already a Michael Chabon fan, this is a true coming of age novel about a young man’s sexual awakening, complex friendships, and father­-son conflicts. Beginning right at graduation and what immediately follows, the book is perfect for 20­somethings who are entering into a life without the borders that defined academia.

 

8. On The Road: Original Scroll

 

 

Written in three weeks, but speaking to an entire generation, Jack Kerouac’s On The Road has become a quintessential example of what it means to find one’s wings. As the narrative tumbles forward, and eventually takes on the pace of one of Dean’s stolen automobiles, we are left with an authentic portrayal of the Beat Generation’s concept of freedom and fast living.

 

9. Make Your Creative Dreams Real

 

 

Ever heard the term ‘Procrastination is the enemy after graduation?’ This book is about that. Written from the point of a recovering self-proclaimed procrastinator and perfectionist, the author hopes that her writings are a catalyst for realizing your own creative dreams.

 

10. Good Luck Graduate

 

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A fitting end to this list. New York Times bestselling author Gregory E. Lang compiles over 140 bits of parental advice focusing on simple important things for graduates to remember. This was quite a personal project for Lang, a father to a teenage daughter. Practical, fulfilling, inspirational.

 

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