14 Books to Give Any Recent Grad

That will help them navigate post-college life AND won’t make you seem out-of-touch or preachy.


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What to give to the person who has it all—well, at least a degree? We’d like to recommend any of these books, which are equal parts inspiring and instructive. While most are perfect for college grads, we know a few would be great for those just finished with high school (All These Wonders, Job U, Best of Summer or How to Be a Leader come to mind!) These books help navigate the world outside of school, whether that’s the job search, time management or just adulting in general. And, while we love Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! to celebrate a momentous occasion, these feel much fresher.

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About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Senior Editor of Read It Forward. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.