Common Reads® Presents 2018 First-Year Reading Roundup

By Sara Clemens | August 1 2018 | Common Reads

For the second year in a row, Common Reads has pulled together an extensive list of First-Year Reading programs run by colleges and universities across the country. Over 415 such programs exist, with facilitators choosing to build programming around an eclectic mix of titles, essays, and even drama scripts.

See below for a selection of Penguin Random House titles that have been chosen by some of these programs, then head over to the Common Reads site to view and/or download the full list of known programs and their title selections.

The Purpose and Passion of Work
Stories of passion, courage, and commitment, following individuals as they pursue the work they were born to do, from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay
$16.00 US
Apr 18, 2017
288 Pages
Penguin Books

Exit West
A Novel
One of the most anticipated and thunderously greeted books of 2017: an astonishingly timely love story that brilliantly imagines the forces that transform ordinary people into refugees and the impossible choices that follow, to the uncertain embrace of new lands.
$17.00 US
Feb 27, 2018
256 Pages
Riverhead Books

Poverty and Profit in the American City
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction | Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction | Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction | Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Finalist | Shortlisted for The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction | Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Globe • The Washington Post • NPR • Fortune • San Francisco Chronicle • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Politico • Kirkus Reviews • Library Journal • Chicago Public Library • Publishers Weekly • Booklist • and others
$18.00 US
Feb 28, 2017
448 Pages