FYE Catalog 2022 | 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: The 1619 Project, a dramatic expansion of The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning work of journalism which reframed our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its legacy at the center of our national narrative; Billie Jean King’s autobiography All In, an inspiring self-portrait that encompasses her tennis career, unwavering activism, and her ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice; Mondiant Dogon’s memoir Those We Throw Away are Diamonds, which provides a heartbreaking lens on the global refugee crisis, from a man who faced the very worst of humanity and survived to advocate for displaced people around the world; and Being Heumann, influential disability rights activist Judith Heumann’s personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.

In addition to this catalog, our 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 fifth 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 fit 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 to just 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