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By Luis Diaz | November 11 2019 | First-Year Reading

 Penguin Random House Author Events at the 39th Annual First-Year Experience® Conference

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Ibram X. Kendi

Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Nic Stone

Bina Venkataraman

Bren Smith

My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber
978-0-525-56012-8
Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Business & Economics - Women In Business
Social Science - Feminism & Feminist Theory
The powerful and inspiring story of the young woman who faced down one of the most valuable startups in Silicon Valley history Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Vogue, Forbes, and Cosmopolitan
$28.00 US | $37.00 CAN
Feb 18, 2020
6 x 9
Hardcover
272 Pages
Viking
World

978-0-525-50928-8
Political Science - Civil Rights
Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Social Science - Discrimination
Selected for common reading at Southern Maine University
$27.00 US | $36.00 CAN
Aug 13, 2019
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
One World
US, Canada, Open Mkt

A Memoir
978-1-5247-3262-2
Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Biography & Autobiography - Culinary
Cooking - Regional & Ethnic - American - General
A groundbreaking memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, from the Top Chef star and Forbes and Zagat 30 Under 30 honoree
$26.00 US | $35.00 CAN
Apr 09, 2019
5-5/8 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
288 Pages
Knopf
US, Canada, Open Mkt

978-0-525-55297-0
Young Adult Fiction - People & Places - Middle East
Young Adult Fiction - Social Themes - Depression
Young Adult Fiction - Family - Multigenerational
Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable novel is for anyone who's ever felt not good enough--then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.
$10.99 US | $14.99 CAN
Aug 20, 2019
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
336 Pages
Penguin Books
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
World

Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
978-0-7352-2493-3
Social Science - Discrimination
Psychology - Interpersonal Relations
Social Science - Criminology
"A fascinating new book... [Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is] a genius."--Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah "Poignant....important and illuminating."--The New York Times Book Review "This book should be required reading for everyone."--Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility As featured on CBS This Morning, NPR's All Things Considered, TIME Magazine, and Democracy Now!
$28.00 US | $37.00 CAN
Mar 26, 2019
6 x 9
Hardcover
352 Pages
Viking
US, Canada, Open Mkt

An Unfinished Life
978-1-9848-5542-8
Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Health & Fitness - Diseases - Genetic
Family & Relationships - Death, Grief, Bereavement
The poignant and beautifully written diaries of a remarkable young woman who was determined to live a full and happy life despite her struggle with cystic fibrosis and a rare superbug, from age fifteen to her death at the age of twenty-five.
$26.00 US | $35.00 CAN
Mar 12, 2019
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
Random House
US, Canada, Open Mkt

978-1-101-93952-9
Young Adult Fiction - People & Places - United States - African American
Young Adult Fiction - Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism
Young Adult Fiction - Social Themes - Violence
A #1 New York Times bestseller! "Raw and gripping." -Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys "A must-read!" -Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
$9.99 US | $13.99 CAN
Sep 04, 2018
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
240 Pages
Ember
Age 14 and up
Grade 9 & Up
US, Canada, Open Mkt

A Life in Math and Football
978-0-7352-2486-5
Biography & Autobiography - Sports
Sports & Recreation - Football
Mathematics - Study & Teaching
John Urschel, mathematician and former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens--with biographer Louisa Thomas--tells the story of a life balanced between two passions
$27.00 US | $36.00 CAN
May 14, 2019
6 x 9
Hardcover
256 Pages
Penguin Press
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age
978-0-7352-1947-2
Business & Economics - Economic History
Technology & Engineering - Inventions
History - Social History
A trailblazing exploration of how we can plan better for the future--our own, our families', and our society's.
$28.00 US | $37.00 CAN
Aug 27, 2019
6 x 9
Hardcover
336 Pages
Riverhead Books
World

Life After Warming
978-0-525-57670-9
Science - Global Warming & Climate Change
Nature - Environmental Conservation & Protection
Political Science - Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Selected for common reading at College of the Holy Cross 
$27.00 US | $36.00 CAN
Feb 19, 2019
5-1/2 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
Tim Duggan Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

A Memoir of Witness and Resistance
978-0-525-56037-1
Biography & Autobiography - Women
Biography & Autobiography - Literary Figures
History - Latin America - Central America
The powerful story of a young poet who becomes an activist through a trial by fire
$28.00 US | $37.00 CAN
Mar 19, 2019
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
400 Pages
Penguin Press
US, Canada, Open Mkt

978-1-64129-017-3
Fiction - Coming Of Age
Fiction - Cultural Heritage
Fiction - Small Town & Rural
FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION. A spare, lyrical Native American coming of age story set in rural Oklahoma in the late 1980s.
$16.00 US | $20.00 CAN
Jun 04, 2019
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
288 Pages
Soho Press
World

My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose
978-0-7352-1560-3
Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Social Science - Ethnic Studies - American - African American Studies
Self-Help - Motivational & Inspirational
The inspiring, instructive, and ultimately triumphant memoir of a man who used hard work and a Master Plan to turn a life sentence into a second chance.Growing up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for his life he wouldn't leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At eighteen, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole.But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement--reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for years, and in his mid-thirties he did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man. Today Chris is a successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances, and this is his unforgettable story.
$5.99 US | $13.99 CAN
Feb 05, 2019
6 x 9
Ebook
432 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons
US, Canada, Open Mkt

My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer
978-0-451-49454-2
Science - Global Warming & Climate Change
Nature - Environmental Conservation & Protection
Cooking - Essays & Narratives
Easy to grow, sustainable, and a solution to climate change, ocean vegetables are plentiful (there are thousands of edible varieties), nutritious, and delicious  A miracle food if ever there was one, seaweed is a perfect ingredient—exotic yet local—particularly in the face of rapid environmental upheaval, rising populations, and finite food resources. In Eat Like a Fish, Bren Smith—former commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer—advocates getting seaweed onto American plates, reimagining our ideas about ocean eating, and taking readers on a journey from his childhood at sea to fishing trawlers to the frontier of the food movement. Written with the humor and swagger of a fisherman telling a late-night tale, this is a monumental work of memoir-turned-food policy that will change the way we think about what we eat.
$26.95 US | $35.95 CAN
May 14, 2019
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
Knopf
US, Canada, Open Mkt