Edelweiss #9/16|Book Review: Now Go Out There (And Get Curious) by Mary Carr – from books read in the week of 29/2

Now Go Out There Book Cover Now Go Out There
Mary Karr
Self-Help
HarperCollins
April 5, 2016
DARC
112
Edelweiss

A celebration of curiosity, compassion, and the surprising power of fear, based on the New York Times bestselling author and renowned professor’s 2015 commencement address at Syracuse University. “Being smart and rich are lucky, but being curious & compassionate will save your ass.” Every year there are one or two commencement speeches that strike a chord with audiences far greater than the student bodies for which they are intended. In 2015 Mary Karr’s speech to the graduating class of Syracuse University caught fire, hailed across the Internet as one of the most memorable in recent years, and lighting up the Twittersphere. In Now Go Out There, Karr explains why having your heart broken is just as—if not more—important than falling in love; why getting what you want often scares you more than not getting it; how those experiences that appear to be the worst cannot be so easily categorized; and how to cope with the setbacks that inevitably befall all of us. “Don’t make the mistake of comparing your twisted up insides to other people’s blow-dried outsides,” she cautions. “Even the most privileged person in this stadium suffers the torments of the damned just going about the business of being human.” An ideal—and beautifully designed—gift for a graduate or for anyone looking for some down-to-earth life advice, Now Go Out There is destined to become a classic.

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Review

This is a copy of the speech Mary gave to the graduating class of 2015 from Syracuse University.When she gave it it caught fire and was hailed across  the internet as one of the most memorable speeches given in recent years from media as diverse as NPR, the New York Times, The Frisky and  Galley cat as well as having lit up the twitesphere.

In this speech Mary explains that having your heart broken is just as important- of not more so than the act of falling on love, why getting what you want often scares you more than not getting it; how those experiences that appear to be the worst cannot so easily be categorized; and how to cope with the ser backs that inevitably befall of us.” Don’t make the mistake of comparing your twisted up insides to other peoples blow-dried outsides,” she cautions. Even the most privileged person in this stadium suffers the torments of he damned just going about the business of being a human.”

Mary’s courageous intimacy and wry tone lend this speech a lot of power and make it easily accessible. As a gift for a graduate it would offer them some down-to-earth life advice.

I loved this book from beginning to end and feel that Mary got the point she was trying to get across to the students she was giving the speech to very successfully. Mary’s writing was almost lyrical in places.