Assume the Worst

Assume the Worst

The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear

Book - 2018 | First edition
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This is Oh, the Places You'll Never Go-the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it. "This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning." So begins Carl Hiaasen's attempt to prepare young men and women for their future. And who better to warn them about their precarious paths forward than Carl Hiaasen' The answer, after reading Assume the Worst, is: Nobody. And who better to illustrate-and with those illustrations, expand upon and cement Hiaasen's cynical point of view-than Roz Chast, best-selling authorllustrator and National Book Award winner' The answer again is easy: Nobody. Following the format of Anna Quindlen's commencement address (Being Perfect) and George Saunders's commencement address (Congratulations, by the way), the collaboration of Hiaasen and Chast might look typical from the outside, but inside it is anything but. This book is bound to be a classic, sold year after year come graduation time. Although it's also a good gift for anyone starting a job, getting married, or recently released from prison. Because it is not just funny. It is, in its own Hiaasen way, extremely wise and even hopeful. Well, it might not be full of hope, but there are certainly enough slivers of the stuff in there to more than keep us all going.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525655015
Branch Call Number: 818.5402 H52A 2018
Characteristics: 39 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Chast, Roz - Illustrator


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JCLKathrynC Jul 25, 2019

This is exactly what I wish my graduation speaker would have said in both high school and college. "...Work with what you've got." A simple and powerful message that has the potential to make "adulting" less dreadful. This book outlines lessons that I have had to learn the hard way, and ones I have had to watch my friends learn an even harder way. This is good advise for any young adult getting ready to take on the real world.

Dec 01, 2018

If you need a yardstick for what you need in the way of an attitude adjustment, this is the thing. Of course, as the book points out, a lot of people who need an attitude adjustment will not get one on their own.

Sep 07, 2018

This book is great and you can't argue with anything Carl Has to say. It is a very quick read that my whole family truly enjoyed. I put it on my must read list for family and friends.

Jul 30, 2018

Fun read... just a couple of things I find askew, but the little book is by Carl and along with illustrations by Roz Chast you can not good wrong on this one.

Apr 23, 2018

Overall, I agreed with the majority of Hiaasen's commencement address, but there were two glaring items I strenuously disagree with: [1] the suggestion that Fake News is something new, as I have witnessed it my long lifetime, dating back to when I delivered newspapers - - and perused them completely daily - - in the early 1960s; and, [2] that hard work is rewarded - - pretty lame, as I've witnessed far too many examples of lazy and worthless people, who somehow skated through life, reaping unjust rewards, while far harder working, industrious and morally upright people [as in known and performing right from wrong] fell to the wayside.


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