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Includes a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction books of interest to first-year programs.

2015 First-Year & Common Reading (Knopf Doubleday Group only)


Random House, Inc. Freshman Year Reading 2014



FYE Adoptions
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San Jose State University has selected My Beloved World by Justice Sonia Sotomayor for their 2014 Campus Reading Program.
book coverEnrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario has been selected by California State University, Bakersfield for its 2014 First-Year Experience program.

Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is the 2014-2015 selection for the Common Reading Program at Agnes Scott College.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline has been chosen by the University of Houston-Victoria 2014 Community of Readers book choice.

book cover Global Weirdness by Climate Central is the 2014-2015 selection for the Brookhaven College Open Book Program.


Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel has been selected by the University of San Diego for their 2014 Just Read! Program.
Featured Author

Sampson Davis is the author of Living and Dying in Brick City, in which Dr. Davis looks at the healthcare crisis in the inner city from a rare perspective: as a doctor who works on the front line of emergency medical care in the community where he grew up, and as a member of that community who has faced the same challenges as the people he treats every day. He will be speaking at the 10th Annual Random House Luncheon at the 2014 Conference on the First-Year Experience®.
Random House Speakers Bureau

Random House, Inc. publishes a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction books appropriate for first-year and Freshman Reading programs. The books suggested here should help initiate reflection and discussion among your incoming first-year students, who will begin their academic lives with a shared experience. They'll be prepared to discuss the stories of others and, thus, ready to share their own.

Many authors featured below are available to visit college campuses as part of a first-year program. Please email us for further information.

To order examination copies of any of these titles, please follow the instructions on our Examination Copy page.

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