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College is a time of rapid discovery — not to mention uncertainty.

To help incoming freshmen cope with the onslaught of newness, librarian Gwen Glazer of the Readers Services department of the New York Public Library has pulled together some helpful titles.

They range from how-to books to thoughtful works of fiction.

We can’t guarantee they’ll produce straight As, but they should help freshmen make some sense of the world.