Congratulations, by the Way

Congratulations, by the Way

Some Thoughts on Kindness

By George Saunders

Random House, Hardcover, 9780812996272, 64pp.

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of "The New York Times, " where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders's words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, "Congratulations, by the way" is an inspiring message from one of today's most influential and original writers.
Praise for "Congratulations, by the way"
As slender as a psalm, and as heavy. "The New York Times"
The graduating college senior in your life probably just wants money. But if you want to impart some heartfelt, plainspoken wisdom in addition to a check, you can't do much better than "Congratulations, by the way"]. "Entertainment Weekly"
The loving selflessness that George Saunders] advises and the interconnectedness that he recognizes couldn t be purer or simpler or more challenging. "Kirkus Reviews"
Warm and tender. "Publishers Weekly.

About the Author
George Saunders is the author of several books and writes regularly for "The New Yorker," "Harper's," and "GQ," He is the recipient of multiple National Magazine Awards. He teaches at Syracuse University. Author websites:,,