Breaking Night is the true story of Liz Murray, a girl who went from homeless teenager to Harvard graduate. More than a memoir, Breaking Night is an eye-opening account of the realities of poverty and drug use in our cities, what it does to children, and how difficult it is to break the cycle. Not only will it help graduates count their blessings, but it will inspire them to make a difference in the world.
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell is good in two ways: it will help grads win at trivia nights and it will help grads learn the importance of a fresh perspective. What the Dog Saw is a collection of the essays from The New Yorker that range in topics from ketchup to plagiarism to failure. They're each about 15-25 pages long, are self-contained, and can be read in any order.