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Books that have been adopted for many common reading programs

The Start-up of You Author Ben Casnocha Gets Ringing Endorsement from Tennessee Tech

9780307888907A note of appreciation from Allen Mullis, First Year Read Director at Tennessee Tech University:

“We wanted students, especially our incoming freshmen, to understand the importance of taking control of their career now by getting engaged not only within their major, but to also establish interdisciplinary engagement as well. The “Start-Up of You” helps identify tools and ideas for students to incorporate into their collegiate experience to help achieve their career goals.”

Click here to watch Ben Casnocha at the First-Year Experience® 2013 Random House Event.

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Each Of Us Is More Than The Worst Thing We’ve Ever Done: Just Mercy With Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson -- credit Nina SubinBy Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, October 2014)

My grandmother was the daughter of people who were enslaved in Caroline County, Virginia. She was born in the 1880s, her parents in the 1840s, and the legacy of slavery very much shaped her and the things she would say to me. When I visited my grandmother, she would hug me so tightly I could barely breathe. After a little while, she would ask me, “Bryan, do you still feel me hugging you?” If I said yes, she’d let me be; if I said no, she would assault me again. I said no a lot because it made me happy to be wrapped in her formidable arms. She never tired of pulling me to her. “You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close,” she told me all the time. Continue reading

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Northern Arizona University Creates Exciting Materials for Common Reading Program

9780812984965When members of the class of 2019 arrive at Northern Arizona University in the Fall, they will participate in conversations on Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson’s intimate and unforgettable narrative journey into the broken American criminal justice system.

NAU has created robust materials to augment discussions: A bubble chart to explore key themes such as “doing uncomfortable things”, “protecting the hope dynamic” and “changing the narrative”; Chapter map to parse out topics and connect them with text; and a bookmark complete with author appearance date.

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Lehigh University selects The Most Human Human and Ready Player One for 2015 Summer Reading Program

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When members of Leigh University’s Class of 2019 arrive on campus during the Fall of 2015, they will begin their college experience by discussing both The Most Human Human and Ready Player One. Aligning with the Summer Reading Program’s “Technology and the Digital World” theme, The Most Human Human is author Brian Christian’s exploration of the ways in which computers, and research into artificial intelligence, are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Ready Player One, set in 2044 when humans have wrecked the climate and famine, poverty and disease is widespread, focuses on teenage Wade Watts’ quest through a virtual world. Continue reading

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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 Continue reading

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Random House Academic Resources Confirms Author Lineup for the 2015 First-Year Experience® Conference

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Random House Academic Resources’ author line-up for the 2015 First-Year Experience® Conference (February 7-10, Dallas, Texas) is now confirmed.  Our authors hail from diverse backgrounds and their books reflect that: from books on social justice to best-selling novels, we will have something for every FYE program.  Here is the line-up (in order of appearance): Continue reading

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Marjane Satrapi Announces Persepolis Speaking Tour

9780375714573Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis and co-creator of the award-winning 2007 animated film adaptation, will be kicking off her U.S. speaking tour October 15th in Washington, D.C. Her coming-of-age graphic memoir has been one of the most popular Common Reading choices nationwide with over 95 university adoptions. The story of growing up in Revolutionary Iran, it is both accessible for a variety of reading levels and profoundly relevant to American students’ rapidly expanding worldviews. Continue reading

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