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 | $22.00 CAN
Apr 18, 2017
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
288 Pages
Penguin Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
An urgent investigation into behavioral addiction, the dangerous effect of today's unavoidable digital technologies, and how to regain control.
$18.00 US | $24.00 CAN
Mar 06, 2018
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
368 Pages
Penguin Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

True Stories About Facing the Unknown
Selected for common reading at Bay Path University and Broward College 
$25.00 US | $34.00 CAN
Mar 21, 2017
5-1/2 x 7-5/8
352 Pages
Crown Archetype
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
From the creators of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into the technologies of the near future, from deep space travel to 3D organ printing
$30.00 US | $40.00 CAN
Oct 17, 2017
6-5/8 x 8-3/4
368 Pages
Penguin Press
US, Canada, Open Mkt

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.
$16.00 US | $22.00 CAN
Feb 27, 2018
5-1/8 x 8
256 Pages
Riverhead Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

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
$17.00 US | $23.00 CAN
Feb 28, 2017
5-3/16 x 8
448 Pages
Broadway Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt