The Intellectual Devotional Biographies: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Acquaint Yourself with the World's Greatest Personalities - David S. Kidder, Noah D. Oppenheim

Modeled after spiritual devotionals, The Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture (Rodale, $24) provides brief readings on modern culture (principally that of the American and English-speaking world), from Archie Bunker to Zionism. The 365 entries, drawn from categories such as Personalities, Literature, Music, Film, Ideas and Trends, invite reading one piece each day for a year, and each entry consists of a brief overview of the subject followed by “Additional Facts.” Authors David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim have made the entries light and uncontroversial—they’re a fun and informative way to brush up on what one really should know already.