Random House’s Top Common Reading Adoptions of 2014

Each year Freshmen across the country read Random House titles in conjunction with common reading programs. From small liberal arts colleges to large public universities, Random House titles have impacted thousands of first-year students. Here are some of our top adoptions from 2014:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie selected by Dominican University; Duke University; Earlham College; Macalester College; Pennsylvania State University; Pomona College

Machine Man by Max Barry selected by Clemson University

Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future by Climate Central selected by Brookhaven College

Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline selected by Sam Houston State University and University of Houston-Victoria

The Circle by Dave Eggers selected by Babson College; Boston College; Eckerd College; Kent State University; Loyola Marymount University; Roger Williams University; Simmons College; University of Michigan-Ross School of Business; University of South Carolina; Virginia Commonwealth University

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin selected by University of California, Davis and University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman selected by Maryville University (St. Louis, MO) and University of California, Santa Barbara

The Dinner by Herman Koch selected by Clarkson University

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn selected by Agnes Scott College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and St. Ambrose University

Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody selected by Minnesota State University, Mankota

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore selected by Becker College, Blue Ridge Community, East Carolina University, Illinois College, Johnson County Community College, Savannah State University and the University of Central Florida

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario selected by California State University–Bakersfield and Holy Names University

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi selected by American University; Davidson College; Hawthaway Brown School; Luther College; McKendree University; SUNY Oneonta; Texas Christian University; University of Connecticut

The Stop by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis selected by The University of Richmond

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin selected by Syracuse University

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot selected by Lansing Community College, Monroe Community College Rivier University, Salisburg University, the University of Indianapolis, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Williams College

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor selected by Eastern Illinois University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John selected by Florida Gulf Coast University

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed selected by Jacksonville State University; New York University; Upper Iowa University

and Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino selected by Washington University in St. Louis

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