New First-Year Reading Titles from Penguin Random House

By Allan Spencer | January 10 2024 | College & University Reads

Browse these new and notable titles for use in your First-Year and Common Reading program. To request complimentary exam copies for course-use consideration, click here. 

Life on Delay
Making Peace with a Stutter
An intimate, candid memoir about learning to live with—rather than “overcome”—a stutter

Infectious Generosity
The Ultimate Idea Worth Spreading
From the bestselling author, media pioneer, and curator of TED, an inspiring book about one of humankind’s defining but overlooked impulses, and how we can super-charge its potential to build a hopeful future

A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine

The rousing, captivating story of a Black physician, her career in medicine, and the deep inequities that still exist in the U.S. healthcare system


Hanging Out
The Radical Power of Killing Time

“Hide your phone, stop hustling for a second, and read this passionate argument for the importance of the unstructured pre-digital hang.” —People

Loneliness is an epidemic; it feels harder than ever to connect with others meaningfully. What can we do to remedy this? Sheila Liming has the answer: we need to hang out more.


Chain Gang All Stars
A Novel
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION: Two top women gladiators fight for their freedom within a depraved private prison system not so far-removed from America’s own in this explosive, hotly-anticipated debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Friday Black

Rough Sleepers
Dr. Jim O'Connell's urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people
The powerful story of an inspiring doctor who made a difference, by helping to create a program to care for Boston’s homeless community—by the Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times bestselling author of Mountains Beyond Mountains