Penguin CommonReads

Penguin CommonReads Have a common reading experience you'd like to share? Tell us how one book has brought your community together. Let us know what activites, events, and programs have worked for you.
(1)

E-mail us at: [email protected]

For years, Francisco Cantú was charged with keeping undocumented immigrants out of the United States. Then one of his fr...
01/30/2018
Confessions of a Former Border Patrol Agent

For years, Francisco Cantú was charged with keeping undocumented immigrants out of the United States. Then one of his friends was deported, and he joined the fight to keep the man’s family together.

He was charged with keeping undocumented immigrants out of the United States. Then one of his friends was deported.

01/19/2018

Later in the month we'll be merging this page with CommonReads, where you'll be able to find info on titles from across all of Penguin Random House. Feel free to be an early bird and like us over there ahead of time!

Mohsin Hamid talks to Book Club Central about his book EXIT WEST, Sarah Jessica Parker's latest book club pick:
10/24/2017
SJP Pick Author Interview: Mohsin Hamid | ALA Book Club Central

Mohsin Hamid talks to Book Club Central about his book EXIT WEST, Sarah Jessica Parker's latest book club pick:

Donna Seaman, Booklist Adult Books Editor and co-chair of the SJP Picks selection committee, spoke with Mohsin Hamid recently about his book Exit West and its selection as the second SJP Pick. Seaman: Exit West offers a beautifully distilled and intimate perspective on complex global, geopolitical,…

10/12/2017
Surviving conversion therapy and finding who you are | Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley, author of BOY ERASED, was 19 years old when he was put into gay conversion therapy. He discusses his journey and gives advice to those finding their identity. Read more about his book: http://bit.ly/2y9hD7n

Garrard Conley (author of BOY ERASED) was 19 years old when he was put into gay conversion therapy. He discusses his journey and gives advice to those findin...

The bestselling author of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU's second novel traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect...
09/08/2017
Read This Excerpt From Celeste Ng’s New Novel “Little Fires Everywhere”

The bestselling author of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU's second novel traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. From BuzzFeed, read an excerpt from Celeste Ng's LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE:

"She was standing on the tree lawn in her robe and a pair of her son Trip’s tennis shoes, watching their house burn to the ground."

09/07/2017
Tom Rinaldi on discovering the story of 9/11 hero Welles Crowther

Tom Rinaldi, author of THE RED BANDANNA and ESPN reporter, talks about telling the story of Welles Crowther, a man who died rescuing others on 9/11. Read about the book here: http://bit.ly/2wtZCzA

Tom Rinaldi (ESPN reporter and author of THE RED BANDANNA) describes how he learned about Welles Crowther, a man who died rescuing others on 9/11. Read about...

08/23/2017
Finding what you are meant to do | Dave Isay

Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, advises trusting yourself when it comes to finding what you’re meant to do, which can happen at any age. Read about his most recent book, CALLINGS: http://bit.ly/2vB6tt2

Dave Isay (founder of StoryCorps) advises trusting yourself when it comes to finding what you’re meant to do, which can happen at any age. Read about his mos...

07/27/2017
Two books that impacted author Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett talks about the books she read in college that stayed with her. Could her book, THE MOTHERS, be the one that stays with your students?

Author Brit Bennett (THE MOTHERS) talks about the two books that made an impression on her when entering college (THE WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Dia...

CommonReads
07/17/2017
CommonReads

CommonReads

Read about how Chico State and Butte College select their Common Reading titles -

Dina Nayeri on NPR about her novel, REFUGE:"I remember a professor telling me that, you know, you can either have roots ...
07/12/2017
'Refuge' Captures Divide Between Father And Daughter Through Lens Of Immigration

Dina Nayeri on NPR about her novel, REFUGE:
"I remember a professor telling me that, you know, you can either have roots or wings, but if you try to have both, you're probably going to fail."

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Dina Nayeri about her new novel, Refuge, which tells the story of an elderly man in Iran and his adult daughter in Amsterdam.

BOY ERASED is being adapted for the big screen by Focus Features. The compelling and compassionate memoir by Garrard Con...
07/10/2017
Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe to Star in BOY ERASED Film | Penguin Random House

BOY ERASED is being adapted for the big screen by Focus Features. The compelling and compassionate memoir by Garrard Conley is being scripted and directed by Joel Edgerton. Lucas Hedges, who played in the Oscar-nominated Manchester by the Sea, will star as the film’s young protagonist along with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as Conley’s parents.

In BOY ERASED: A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family, Conley, the son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, reveals he was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality as a young man. When Conley was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Conley traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.

will star as the film’s young protagonist along with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as Conley’s parents. Conley was offered the opportunity to write the film adaptation of his story, but declined, as he believed that it would be translated to screen better if an experienced filmmaker wrote it. He…

Vox
05/18/2017
Vox

Vox

Paul Hawken's new book is basically a reference book of solutions, ranked by potential carbon impact, each with cost estimates and a short description.

Penguin US Academic Services
05/16/2017
Penguin US Academic Services

Penguin US Academic Services

Looking for some inspiration? Bill Gates recommends Steven Pinker's THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE, which he calls "the most inspiring book [he's] ever read."

Junot Díaz's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO turns 10 this year. In this interview for...
05/08/2017
Junot Díaz talks Dominican identity, immigration and the (complicated) American Dream

Junot Díaz's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO turns 10 this year. In this interview for America Magazine - The Jesuit Review, Diaz says, "I am constantly humbled and gratified that this book continues to speak to anyone.”

The American dream is at the center of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Díaz.

Among the supermodels and movie stars, Yeonmi Park, North Korean refugee and author of IN ORDER TO LIVE, made a differen...
05/05/2017
Activism at the Met Gala

Among the supermodels and movie stars, Yeonmi Park, North Korean refugee and author of IN ORDER TO LIVE, made a different kind of statement at the Met Gala 2017.

"Ms. Park, who is highly regarded by activists after an array of international speaking engagements, including a TEDx talk and speeches at the Oslo Freedom Forum and One Young World Summit, said she hoped her presence at the gala would, in itself, be a statement and 'bring other things to the table' on one of fashion’s most important evenings."

The party of the year may seem as if it’s all about fun and fashion, but a founder of Airbnb and a North Korean refugee had other ideas.

University of New Orleans has picked CALLINGS for their 2017-2018 Common Read! A StoryCorps book, CALLINGS brings togeth...
04/24/2017
StoryCorps’ ‘Callings’ Selected as UNO’s Common Read Book for 2017-18 | University of New Orleans

University of New Orleans has picked CALLINGS for their 2017-2018 Common Read!

A StoryCorps book, CALLINGS brings together the stories of everyday, extraordinary people and the jobs they are passionate about.

“Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work” (Penguin Press, 2016), has been chosen as the University of New Orleans’ Common Read book for the 2017-18 academic year. Created by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, the book is made up of interviews with people who share their personal stories of how they dis...

03/30/2017
Brit Bennett (author of The Mothers) | 8 Great Questions

In Brit Bennett's debut novel THE MOTHERS, set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, 17-year-old main character Nadia is reeling from her mother’s su***de and seeks solace in the arms of Luke, the pastor’s son. It’s supposed to just be a summer fling, but the fallout from their relationship is felt by everyone in their orbit for decades afterward.

Here, Brit answers some questions about her favorite books, what she did before her career as a writer, and who would be in her dream book club.

Author Brit Bennett (THE MOTHERS) answers eight great book-y questions! Start reading Brit's book: http://bit.ly/2j5ghoW Not sure what to read next? Sign up ...

Adam Alter talks with The New York Times about his new book, IRRESISTIBLE, and how and why we got addicted to technology...
03/06/2017
Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens

Adam Alter talks with The New York Times about his new book, IRRESISTIBLE, and how and why we got addicted to technology.

In a new book, the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that our devotion to digital devices has morphed into something very much like addiction.

Nearly two years ago, a cross-divisional team came together to focus on the corporate opportunities around One Book, One...
02/27/2017
Common Reads Homepage - Penguin Random House Common Reads

Nearly two years ago, a cross-divisional team came together to focus on the corporate opportunities around One Book, One Community, First-Year Experience® (FYE), and K-12 School Reads programs. Including representation from across all school and library departments, Sales, the PRH Speaker’s Bureau, and PRH Audio, the team set out to collaborate on ways to better serve our Common-Reading constituents in schools and libraries, while placing our authors, titles and publishing programs at the center of that conversation.

Created with input and support from educators and librarians, COMMON READS features a highly-curated list of 250 titles from across all PRH divisions, and is supported by two e-mail newsletters as well as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts, putting Penguin Random House authors and titles front-and-center in the Common Reading space. In addition to book content, the site features rolling news content, messages from authors, and resources to help build literacy and program engagement.

We invite you to share www.commonreads.com with teachers and librarians in your life so they may join our growing COMMON READS community!

Welcome to the New Penguin Random House Common Reads Website

Maureen Corrigan reviewed GHACHAR GHOCHAR today on NPR's Fresh Air:“GHACHAR GHOCHAR is filled with wry poetic lines … wh...
02/16/2017
'Ghachar Ghochar' Presents A Fretful Vision Of Indian Class Anxiety

Maureen Corrigan reviewed GHACHAR GHOCHAR today on NPR's Fresh Air:

“GHACHAR GHOCHAR is filled with wry poetic lines … where Shanbhag — and his translator, Srinath Perur — have rendered emotions and even random thoughts in language that's as pungent as those spices the family is marketing. …

Within the tight confines of a hundred pages or so, Shanbhag presents as densely layered a social vision of Bangalore as Edith Wharton did of New York in The House of Mirth. …

GHACHAR GHOCHAR is the first of Shanbhag's fiction to be published in English, but I expect it won't be the last. He's one of those special writers who can bring a fully realized world to life in a few pages and also manages to work in smart social commentary about fears that don't require much translation.”

The narrator of Vivek Shanbhag's new novel once lived a lower-class subsistence in Bangalore. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Ghachar Ghochar embodies the "fear of falling into economic and moral ruin."

01/26/2017
Embracing the mess -- how compassion saved my life | Garrard Conley | TEDxBG

Garrard Conley, a survivor of the controversial “ex-gay” therapy movement, describes his traumatic experience as a gay man growing up in the South in this talk given at a local TEDx event. In the years following his escape from extreme prejudice, he has learned one important lesson: compassion has the power to heal wounds, but it is also one of the messiest human emotions.

Conley will join us at 36th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience for our author dinner on February 11th to discuss his memoir, BOY ERASED. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/prhfye17

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Garrard Conley, a survivor of the controversial “ex-gay” therapy mo...

01/05/2017
The Millennial Question

“Millennials want what every generation that has come before them wants — to feel that they matter, that their work matters, and that they are contributing to something bigger than themselves. The only difference is that Millennials are the first generation with the guts to ask for it and to expect it.”

Watch Simon Sinek​, author of START WITH WHY and TOGETHER IS BETTER, in his viral interview with Inside Quest​ about millennials making their way in the work force and read more here: http://www.startwithwhy.com/millennials.

Millennials: too many companies you will work for are not built to take care of you. Until that changes, please take care of each other. Interview with Tom B...

The Chicago Tribune calls Sam Weinman's WIN AT LOSING (on sale 12/20/2016) “instructive reading for anyone who wonders h...
12/15/2016
Why losing is good for you

The Chicago Tribune calls Sam Weinman's WIN AT LOSING (on sale 12/20/2016) “instructive reading for anyone who wonders how to cope with defeat" in this recent article.

In his book, "Weinman interviewed a variety of folks famous for their epic losses — Michael Dukakis, who won just 111 delegates to George H. W. Bush's 426 in the 1988 presidential election; Susan Lucci, nominated and passed over for 18 Emmys (she won the 19th); golfer Greg Norman, famous for his 1996 Masters collapse — about how and why they picked themselves up after defeat, and how those defeats served them."

"The point isn't that you should strive for mediocrity," Weinman writes. "But ... uninterrupted success is a fantasy. ... Losing is something not only that we should tolerate but also that we need."

In 'Win At Losing,' sports writer Sam Weinman argues that our greatest strengths are developed during moments of defeat

Will you be at FYE in Atlanta this February? We will, and we're bringing some of the best authors with us: Brit Bennett,...
12/13/2016
Penguin Random House Confirms Author Line-up for 2017 First-Year Experience® Conference

Will you be at FYE in Atlanta this February? We will, and we're bringing some of the best authors with us: Brit Bennett, Ken Ilgunas, Garrard Conley, Tom Rinaldi, Yeonmi Park, David Isay... See all the events and speakers and RSVP at this link!

Penguin Random House Academic Resources is pleased to announce the author line-up for the 2017 First-Year Experience® Conference (February 11-14, Atlanta, GA). Featuring books on social justice, i…

Address

375 Hudson St
New York, NY
10014

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Penguin CommonReads posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Penguin CommonReads:

Nearby media companies


Other New York media companies

Show All