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

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....

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

  • Shannon (leaninglights)

    I may be in the minority here, but I had never heard or read Very Good Lived before now. It is JK Rowling's commencement speech at Harvard in 2008. I picked up the book because the proceeds of its sales go to JK's Lumos charity and also because it's JK Freaking Rowling. The book is small, as it is a speech, but it is beautifully written and put together. Alongside JK's inspiring and thought-provoking words there are illustrations and doodles that add so much to the reading experience. I absolute ...more

  • Imane

    “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

    I wish you all very good lives.”

    ― J.K. Rowling, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination


    Well written, as anything by this author would be, I found the ideas presented very valuable and well put, but her speech wasn't that inspirational to me.

  • 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."

  • Jeff

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

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    simply inspiring.

  • Jamie-leigh Haughn

    Amazing. Inspirational. Wonderful. Read it!

  • Carol

    Well worth the fifteen (okay, ten) minutes it takes to read.

    In addition, if you want a starting point to have a conversation with your middle or high school age kid, read this together. Listen to what your kid says. Rinse. Lather. Repeat. Just an idea.

  • 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 revealing glimpses into the heart of one of the most succes

    The great majority of you belong to the world’s only remaining superpower. The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders. That is your privilege, and your burden.

    If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change. 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.
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