FYE Catalog 2021 | Welcome Letter

Dear Common Reading Director:

The Common Reads team at Penguin Random House is excited to present our latest book recommendations for your common reading program. In this catalog you will discover new titles such as: Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste, a masterful exploration of how America has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings; Handprints on Hubble, Kathryn Sullivan’s account of being the first American woman to walk in space, as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope; Know My Name, Chanel Miller’s story of trauma and transcendence which will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault; Ishmael Beah’s powerful new novel Little Family about young people living at the margins of society; and Brittany Barnett’s riveting memoir A Knock at Midnight, a coming-of-age story by a young lawyer and a powerful evocation of what it takes to bring hope and justice to a legal system built to resist them both.

In addition to this catalog, our recently refreshed and updated www.commonreads.com website features titles from across Penguin Random House’s publishers as well as great blog content, including links to
author videos, and the fourth iteration of our annual “What Students Will Be Reading: Campus Common Reading Roundup,” a valuable resource and archive for common reading programs across the country.

And be sure to check out our online resource for Higher Education: www.prheducation.com. Featuring Penguin Random House’s most frequently-adopted titles across more than 1,700 college courses, the site allows professors to easily identify books and resources appropriate for a wide range of courses. Penguin Random House is the first trade publisher to provide such a comprehensive and extensive service across its front and backlist.

Lastly, our Higher Education Account Manager team now provides field coverage across the entire country. Visit tiny.cc/CRTeam to discover who your Account Manager is; they are an ideal resource to discuss what titles are the best fi t for your school.

Whatever your needs and interests, we are confident that you will be able to find the ideal book for your program, whether in this catalog, on our sites or via one of our Account Managers. Please contact us with any questions, requests, or just to let us know what your program is reading,


Alan Walker
Vice President, Higher Education Marketing
Penguin Random House
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New York, NY 10019