9 of Our Titles on U.S. News & World Report List of “10 Books to Read Before College”
U.S. News & World Report, which publishes the most widely quoted annual set of rankings for American colleges and universities, recently shared its list of “10 Books to Read Before College,” featuring nine titles published by Penguin Random House imprints and a Penguin Random House Publisher Services client publisher. The periodical described these books as “assigned texts [that] are regularly used in freshman-level classes and offer students a chance to come together to discuss a book they’ve all read.”
Highlighted in a PRH Common Reads blog post by Education Marketing Manager Spenser Stevens and her Penguin Random House Education colleagues, this piece has been adapted for Igloo.
Our books on the U.S. News & World Report “10 Books to Read Before College” List:
- Trevor Noah’s BORN A CRIME: Stories From a South African Childhood (One World)
Selected for common reading at: Northern Illinois University; the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor; Indiana University Kelley School of Business; Oklahoma City University; Syracuse University; Washington, State University; and many more.
- Tara Westover’s EDUCATED (Random House)
Selected for common reading at: Harvard University; New York University; University of California, Berkeley; University of South Carolina; and many more
- Moshin Hamid’s EXIT WEST (Riverhead)
Selected for common reading at: University of California – Berkeley; New York University; Vassar College; Ramapo College; Georgetown University; University of Utah; Skidmore College; Chaffey College; Penn State Altoona; Pomona College; Connecticut College; Rhode Island College; Eastern Mennonite University; Muhlenberg College; St. Francis University; Smith College, and many more.
- Ibram X. Kendi’s HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST (One World)
Selected for common reading at: Skidmore College; Cornell University, Temple University College of Public Health, University of Denver, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and many more
- Bryan Stevenson’s JUST MERCY: A Story of Justice and Redemption (One World)
Selected for common reading at: Seton Hall University; Northwestern University, Southern Methodist University, SUNY Binghamton, University of Michigan, University of Mississippi, and many more.
- Kiley Reid’s SUCH A FUN AGE (Putnam)
Selected for common reading at: Duke University.
- Tommy Orange’s THERE THERE (Knopf/Vintage)
Selected for common reading at: California State University – Sacramento; Stanford University; SUNY Oswego; University of California – Berkley; University of California – Santa Cruz; University of Idaho; University of Montana; Vassar College; College of William & Mary; Cuyahoga Community College; Duke University; Lansing Community College; Manchester Community College; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and many more.
- George Takei’s THEY CALL US ENEMY (Top Shelf/IDW, a PRHPS client publisher)
Selected for common reading at: California State University – San Marcos; CUNY Queensborough Community College; San Diego State University, and many more.
- Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM (Knopf/Vintage)
Selected for common reading at: College of St. Scholastica; Davidson College; Northeastern University; Simmons University; Tulane University; and University of Wisconsin, Madison
Read the U.S. News & World Report list of “10 Books to Read Before College” article here.
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