Graduation Gift Idea: You Are Not Special Signed Book

Join us at the Wellesley Free Library for the launch of David McCullough Jr’s new book You Are Not Special. He will be sharing excerpts, answering questions, and signing books.

April 29th at 7:00 pm

If you cannot attend the event, but would like a signed copy ofYou Are Not Special, simply write “SIGNED COPY” in the comments section at check out. Indicate if you would like it signed to a specific person (books must be pre-paid for this option). Gift wrapping is complimentary.

About the book:
A profound expansion of David McCullough, Jr.’s popular commencement speech—a call to arms against a prevailing, narrow, conception of success viewed by millions on YouTube—You Are (Not) Special is a love letter to students and parents as well as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life.

Children today, says David McCullough—high school English teacher, father of four, and son and namesake of the famous historian—are being encouraged to sacrifice passionate engagement with life for specious notions of success. The intense pressure to excel discourages kids from taking chances, failing, and learning empathy and self-confidence from those failures.

In You Are (Not) Special, McCullough elaborates on his now-famous speech exploring how, for what purpose, and for whose sake, we’re raising our kids. With wry, affectionate humor, McCullough takes on hovering parents, ineffectual schools, professional college prep, electronic distractions, club sports, and generally the manifestations, and the applications and consequences of privilege. By acknowledging that the world is indifferent to them, McCullough takes pressure off of students to be extraordinary achievers and instead exhorts them to roll up their sleeves and do something useful with their advantages.

Wellesley Free Library
530 Washington Street
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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