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Your teachers were right: Learn a little every day and end up much smarter.

The Bibliophile's Devotional: 365 Days of Literary Classics (Adams Media) by Hallie Ephron is a "tasting menu" of savory book summaries, topped with yummy first lines or paragraphs and finished with delicious comments from authors, that will send you to the shelves hungry to re-read.

The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing From Grammar Girl (Holt) by Mignon Fogarty delivers clear and useful tips, one per day, from the difference between a dash and a colon to when to capitalize "mom." A recommended stocking stuffer for people whose e-mails look like the cat typed them.

Homework for Grown-ups: Everything You Learned at School and Promptly Forgot (Broadway Books) by E. Foley and B. Coates looks like an old-school textbook and rounds up easy-to-understand basics of such subjects as mathematics, geography, classics, home economics — and recess (hopscotch!).

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: homework 11/07/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 7, 2009 3:30am]
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