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Gmorning, gnight! : little pep talks for me & you

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Good morning, good night!
Title:
Gmorning, gnight! : little pep talks for me & you
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New York : Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
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xi, 201 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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Good morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things. Let others tussle it out. Vamos! Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda's audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful collection illustrated by acclaimed artist (and fellow Twitter favorite) Jonny Sun. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.
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Summary

Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the creator and star of Hamilton, with beautiful illustrations by Jonny Sun, comes a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day.

"When the world is bringing you down, Gmorning, Gnight! will remind you that you are awesome."-- Booklist

Good morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things. Let others tussle it out. Vamos!

Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda's audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful collection illustrated by acclaimed artist (and fellow Twitter favorite) Jonny Sun. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.


Author Notes

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, as well as a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. His most recent musical, Hamilton - with book (which is a New York Times bestseller), music and lyrics by Miranda, in addition to him playing the title role - opened on Broadway in 2015 and was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Hamilton won an OBIE for Best New American Play and is the 2015 recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Material from the show was previewed at the White House during its first-ever Evening of Poetry & Spoken Word in 2009, in Lincoln Center Theater's 2012 American Songbook Series and at New York Stage and Film's 2013 Powerhouse Theatre Season at Vassar College.

Miranda's first Broadway musical, In the Heights, received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Miranda receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

He is the author of Gmorning, Gnight!, published in October 2018.

Miranda received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002. In May of 2009, Miranda received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Yeshiva University, the youngest recipient of such an honor in the University's 123-year history. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Miranda is not just the genius behind the musical Hamilton; he's also really good at social media. His followers on Twitter know that he begins each day with an inspirational, motivational "Gmorning" tweet, and ends with a "Gnight." The best are collected here in a book that will bring a smile to even the most committed curmudgeon's face. Ranging from the silly ("Good morning. / Good gracious. / Your smile is / contagious") to the straightforward ("YOU ARE SO LOVED AND WE LIKE HAVING YOU AROUND" begins and ends one day's greetings), each demonstrate his playful lyricism. But, more important, they reveal an infectious enthusiasm for our inherent uniqueness, something Miranda celebrates like a twenty-first-century Mr. Rogers, emphatic but never treacly. The illustrations by Jonny Sun are equally delightful, especially in the artist's ability to convey so much with simple black-and-white line drawings the surprise of finding a recurring alarm-clock motif, a gleeful foot kicking through a door which recalls poetry collections by Shel Silverstein. When the world is bringing you down, Gmorning, Gnight! will remind you that you are awesome.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2018 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Have trouble getting out of bed in the morning? The relatable and inspiring words in award-winning composer and playwright Miranda's book might infuse a little positivity into your a.m. routine. This volume contains a little more than 200 pages of concise pieces of advice with which to start or end the day. Readers can tear through this book in a single sitting or digest it slowly-they may wish to savor the volume by reading a single "pep talk" in the morning and one at night. Miranda's words, accompanied by Sun's comforting, spare black-and-white illustrations, warrant reexamining. The writing evokes the language of mindfulness, with lines like: "Give that maelstrom in your head a place to land." VERDICT For those who enjoy self-help and psychology texts and meditation books. The brief, meaningful pep talks are lyrical vignettes and may appeal to poetry readers as well.-Emily -Butler, Deerfield Academy, MA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

With the enormous success of Broadway's Hamilton, Miranda, the show's creator, composer, and lyricist, has become a household name, so it's only natural that publishers would want to capitalize. Before attaining fame, he started posting inspirational thoughts and words of encouragement on Twitter at the beginning and end of each day, as much for himself as for his followers. Now Miranda has collected the best of his sayings, aphorisms, and poetry, with fun illustrations by Sun. "Gmorning./ Pain, joy, frustration, euphoria, everything./ It all passes. It all keeps moving./ Wherever you are is temporary./ Let's go!" "Gnight./ Rage, bliss, fatigue, rapture, everything./ It all passes. It all keeps moving./ Where you are is fleeting./ Andiamo." Inspiring? Possibly, especially given Miranda's widespread popularity, though the book isn't likely to appeal to readers seeking more hard-hitting advice. VERDICT For Miranda fans and anyone needing a light and fun daily pep talk.-Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Good morning, he said. Be at home in your head. Make sure joy is well fed. Don't let dread hog the bed. Good night now, and rest. Today was a test. You passed it, you're past it. Now breathe till unstressed. Good morning, stunner. You're just getting started. Your age doesn't matter. The sun is up, the day is new. You're just getting started. Good night, stunner. You're just getting started. Your age doesn't matter. The stars are out, the night is warm. You're just getting started. Good morning. Good gracious. Your smile is contagious. Good night then. Good gracious. You're one for the ages. Good morning. Lead with gratitude. The air in your lungs, the sky above you. Proceed from there. Good night. Curl up with gratitude. For the ground beneath you, your beating heart. Proceed from there. Gmorning! You're gonna make mistakes. You're gonna fail. You're gonna get back up. You're gonna break hearts. You're gonna change minds. You're gonna make noise. You're gonna make music. You're gonna be late, let's GO. Gnight! You're gonna fall down. You're gonna be tested. You're gonna learn about yourself. You're gonna get brave. You're gonna take stands. You're gonna make waves. You're gonna make history. You're gonna need rest, REST UP. Good morning! Good morning! Let's make some new mistakes! Let's find the things worth saving in the mess our living makes! Good night! Good night! Let's make some new mistakes! Let's stumble toward success and pack some snacks for little breaks! Gmorning! Before you let the world in, make a little space for yourself. Cup of coffee, tidy the counter, morning quiet. Savor the best part of that dream you had for one more second. Woo! Okay. Have at it, world! Gnight! Before you turn the world down, make a little space for yourself. Brush your teeth, tidy the counter, put down the phone. Savor the best part of the day for one more second. Woo! Okay. Have at it, dreams! Good morning! Give your time, give your heart, give your talent, give someone something new. It feels incredible. Good night! Give your time, give your heart, give your service, give someone something you made. It feels incredible. Gmorning. Check your pockets. Got your keys? *waits* Okay, let's go! Gnight. Check your brain. Got your dreams ready? *waits* Okay, let's go! Gmorning. YOU ARE SO LOVED AND WE LIKE HAVING YOU AROUND. *ties one end of this sentence to your heart, the other end to everyone who loves you, even the ones you haven't heard from for a while* *checks knots* THERE. STAY PUT, YOU. Gnight. YOU ARE SO LOVED AND WE LIKE HAVING YOU AROUND. *ties one end of this sentence to your heart, the other end to everyone who loves you in this life, even if clouds obscure your view* *checks knots* THERE. STAY PUT, YOU. TUG IF YOU NEED ANYTHING. Good morning. Keep busy while you wait for the miracle. Good night. Get some rest while you wait for the miracle. Excerpted from Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me and You by Lin-Manuel Miranda All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.