FYE Catalog 2023 | 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: Solito by Javier Zamora, a young poet’s immediate and intimate memoir of his harrowing migration at the age of nine from El Salvador to the United States in order to reunite with his family; Recitatif, Toni Morrison’s brilliant short story in which the race of the protagonists is purposely left ambiguous as a way of interrogating racial codes; Anna Qu’s fierce memoir, Made in China, that is unafraid to ask thorny questions about trauma and survival in immigrant families, the meaning of work, and the costs of immigration; and the highly anticipated new novel by Celeste Ng, Our Missing Hearts, an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice and about the power—and limitations—of art to create change.

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 sixth 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.PRHHigherEd.com. Featuring 22,000 titles from across more than 2,000 college courses, the site allows professors to easily identify books and resources appropriate for a wide range of courses.

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 by email at commonreads@penguinrandomhouse.com with any questions, review copy 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