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

2013 First-Year & Common Reading (Knopf Doubleday Group only)


Random House, Inc. Freshman Year Reading 2012



FYE Adoptions
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Sailing Alone Around the Room, by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, was read by all first-year students at Roger Williams University as part of its 2011 Common Reading Selection.

book cover The University of Missouri (Columbia, MO) and Utah State University (Logan, UT) have both selected Dave Eggers's Zeitoun for their 2011/12 common reading programs.

Cleveland State University, San Jose State University, and the University of Maryland-College Park are three of the most recent additions to the growing list of more than 100 colleges and universities who have selected Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for their common reading programs.

Mount Holyoke has selected Half the Sky, for their summer reading for incoming first-year students.

book cover World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks has been chosen by University of Houston-Victoria (TX) for its 2011 Common Reading Selection.

Troy University (Troy, AL) has adopted David Malouf's Ransom for its 2011/12 common reading program
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Darin Strauss is the author of Half A Life: A Memoir, the powerful true story of how one outing in his father's Oldsmobile resulted in the death of a classmate and the beginning of a different, darker life for the author. Click here for NPR's This American Life interview with Darin Strauss "Life After Death".
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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.

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