Navigate Your Stars (Hardcover)

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By Jesmyn Ward, Gina Triplett (Illustrator)
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Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward offers a stirring message of encouragement and empowerment in this lovely, slim volume of text and imagery. Navigate Your Stars is her electric 2018 commencement address at Tulane University finally in book form. Her own story of hard work and heartbreak before achieving success is grounded in the reality of frequent obstacles, while at the same time unapologetically hopeful. Her inspiring message of the importance of personal resiliency and the power of family bonds will be encouraging for graduates, job seekers, and anyone who is embarking on a new path or who simply needs affirmation that striving for a dream is worthwhile.


— From Cindy's Recs


A revelatory, uplifting, and gorgeously illustrated meditation on dedication, hard work, and the power of perseverance from the beloved, New York Times bestselling, and two-time National Book Award–winning Jesmyn Ward.

For Tulane University’s 2018 commencement, Jesmyn Ward delivered a stirring speech about the value of hard work and the importance of respect for oneself and others. Speaking about the challenges she and her family overcame, Ward inspired everyone in the audience with her meditation on tenacity in the face of hardship. Ward’s moving words will inspire readers as they prepare for the next chapter in their lives, whether, like Ward, they are the first in their families to graduate from college or are preceded by generations, or whether they are embarking on a different kind of journey later in life.

Beautifully illustrated in full color by Gina Triplett, this gorgeous and profound book will charm a generation of students—and their parents. Ward’s inimitable voice shines through as she shares her experience as a Southern black woman and addresses the themes of grit, adversity, and the importance of family bonds. Navigate Your Stars is a perfect gift for anyone in need of inspiration from the author of Salvage the Bones, Men We Reaped, and Sing, Unburied, Sing.

About the Author

Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has received the MacArthur Genius Grant, a Stegner Fellowship, a John and Renee Grisham Writers Residency, and the Strauss Living Prize. She is the winner of two National Book Awards for Fiction for Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) and Salvage the Bones (2011). She is also the author of the novel Where the Line Bleeds and the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and the Media for a Just Society Award. She is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University and lives in Mississippi.

Praise For…

“Ward’s text mixes moving personal anecdotes with words of inspiration... [an] exhilarating little volume.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9781982131326
ISBN-10: 1982131322
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 64
Language: English

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