By Rodale

Reviewed for High School, 2007

For those teens excited to hit the college stride, but nervous about competing in a new intellectual environment, The Intellectual Devotional is the perfect pick. Modeled after bedside books of meditative or inspirational passages, this book aims not to quiet the mind, but to awaken it. Meant to be read a page a day over the course of the year, it contains 365 brief articles on essential and obscure topics in history, literature, science and mathematics, philosophy, religion, and the arts. These interesting, digestible passages are a treat to read, and the "additional facts" following every entry put the information into entertaining context. Check out the new American History edition for a year's worth of facts from our nation's past. (Rodale, $24.00)