By Madeline Rudin

Published on December 4, 2015

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Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
By Martha Beck

The world is your oyster—a daunting realization.  Thankfully, you can rely on your very own paperback life coach, Martha Beck, for advice on next steps during your journey of self-discovery. 

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The 5 Love Languages
By Gary Chapman

Seeking a relationship or reveling in single life freedom, these lessons on leading a healthy love life amidst a busy schedule are sure to apply to you—or someone you know. 

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up 
By Marie Kondo

Star student or class clown, pay close attention to Marie Kondo’s advice on organization for any phase of life. Trust us, these are lessons worth learning.

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The Gifts of Imperfection
By Brene Brown

Armed with Brene Brown’s knowledge on maintaining perspective and worthiness during this transitional time, you’ll find yourself prepared for any internal battles that charge in your direction.  

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On the Road
By Jack Kerouac

There’s no bigger ode to young adulthood, and the departure from adolescence, than Kerouac’s famed novel. If for no other reason, read this one to find common ground with your new elder colleagues.   

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
By Maya Angelou

A defining age-old classic, it’s the perfect time to (re)visit this notorious memoir.  Angelou’s insightful and poetic prose will challenge you to approach every situation with unconditional compassion.

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The Outsiders
By S.E. Hinton

Whether you’ve read it once, twice, or not at all, Hinton’s novel is a not-so-gentle reminder that you’re never-so-alone in this great big world. 

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I Am Malala
By Malala Yousafzai

Guaranteed to make you feel fortunate for your education, Malala Yousafzai shares the story of her courageous fight for freedom to attend school as a female in Pakistan. 

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Just Kids
By Patti Smith

A candid memoir recalling her beginnings as a twenty-something in New York City, Patty Smith proves that determination and courage can induce a “big break” or, at the very least, a little bit of luck.

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The Vacationers
By Emma Straub

Jobs, friends, roommates and relationships will come and go, but family is forever. This uplifting tale of familial trials and tribulations is a reminder to cherish the bonds you have with your loved ones.