Staff Picks

Don’t know what to read next? Our book-loving employees are just the people to ask for recommendations. Whether you’re a Romance fan or a History buff, we have personal picks from the people who know Penguin books best.

Recommendations by genre, AUGUST 2015:

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Classics: Casey Blue James, Publishing Assistant to the President 

 

 

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy: Amanda Mustafic, Associate Publicist at Penguin Young Readers

 

 

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Young Readers: Leah Schiano, Marketing Assistant for Penguin Young Readers 

 

 

 

Recommendations by genre, JULY 2015: 

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Health & Self-Improvement: Julie Kocsis, Production Coordinator at Berkley

 

 

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History & Current Events: Amalia Frick, Subsidiary Rights Assistant at Penguin Young Readers Group

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Helen Richard, Editorial Assistant at G.P. Putnam’s Sons

 

 

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Romance: Marisa Novello, Editorial Coordinator for Puffin, at Penguin Young Readers

 

 

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy: Zarren Mykhail Kuzma, Sales Analyst for Penguin Young Readers Group

 

 

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Young Readers: Krista Ahlberg, Assistant Production Editor at Viking, Puffin, and Razorbill

 

 

 

Recommendations by genre, JUNE 2015: 

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Classics: Brian Sandford, Associate Editor, at Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current 

 

 

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Health & Self-Improvement: Mary Allen, Foreign Rights Assistant at Avery, Portfolio, and Putnam 

 

 

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History & Current Events: Natalie Maester, Production Assistant at Berkley

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Tyler Fields, Publicity Assistant at Tarcher & Perigee

 

 

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Paranormal: Hope Ellis, Managing Editorial Assistant at Berkley

 

 

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy: William Owen, Digital Production Manager at Penguin 

 

 

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Young Readers: Briana Woods-Conklin, Associate Manager of Advertising and Consumer Marketing at Penguin Young Readers

 

 

 

Recommendations by genre, MAY 2015: 

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Classics: Cassie Bosse, Email Marketing Manager at Penguin Random House

 

 

 

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History & Current Events: Tessa Meischeid, Publicity Assistant at Penguin Press

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Molly Pieper, Marketing Assistant at Plume

 

 

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Romance: Lindsey Andrews, Senior Designer at Penguin Young Readers

 

 

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy: Angela Januzzi, Senior Publicist at Tarcher and Perigee
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Young Readers: Michelle Caamano, Penguin Office Services

 

 

 

Recommendations by genre, APRIL 2015: 

Classics: Dennis Swaim, Executive Director of Advertising & Promotion at Penguin Publishing Group

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Health & Self-Improvement: Katherine Stewart, Marketing Coordinator at Penguin Press

 

 

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History & Current Events: Brooke Parsons, Senior Publicist at Penguin Press

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Sarah Jean Grimm, Associate Publicist at Putnam

 

 

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Mystery & Suspense: Danielle Dill, Publicity at Berkley & NAL

 

 

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Romance: Jessica Brock, Associate Publicist at Berkley & NAL

 

 

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Young Readers: Alex Ulyett, Assistant Editor at Viking Children’s Books

 

 

 

Recommendations by genre, MARCH 2015: 

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Classics: Andrea Lam, Publicity Assistant at Viking / Penguin Books / Penguin Classics

 

 

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Health & Self-Improvement: Ally Bruschi, Publicity Assistant at Avery

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Anna Romig, Marketing Coordinator at Putnam Books

 

 

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Mystery & Suspense: Maureen Meekins, Academic and Library Marketing Coordinator

 

 

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Recommendations by genre, FEBRUARY 2015: 

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Classics: Ryan Murphy, Assistant Manager, Marketing and Social Media for Penguin Classics

 

 

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Health & Self-Improvement: Andrew Yackira, editor with Tarcher/Penguin

 

 

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History & Current Events: Juli Kiyan, Publicity Manager for Penguin Press

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Seema Mahanian, editorial assistant at Pamela Dorman Books / Viking 

 

 

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Mystery & Suspense: Katie Mckee, Senior Publicity Manager at Putnam

 

 

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Paranormal: Carolyn Telesca, Associate Director in Berkley Production

 

 

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Romance: Denise Roy, Senior Editor at Dutton

 

 

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Amanda Ng, assistant editor at the Berkley Publishing Group 

 

 

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Young Readers: Tara Shanahan, publicist at Penguin Young Readers 

 

 

 

Recommendations by genre, JANUARY 2015: 

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Classics: Patrick Nolan, Vice President, Editor in Chief and Associate Publisher of Penguin Books 

 

 

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Health & Self-Improvement: Roshe Anderson, Marketing Coordinator for Gotham and Avery

 

 

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History & Current Events: John Cassidy, Manager of Online and Digital Sales

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Carly Hoogendyk, copywriter for Berkley and NAL

 

 

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Mystery & Suspense: Meredith Dros, Executive Managing Editor/Publishing Manager

 

 

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Paranormal: Christina Brower is an assistant editor at New American Library

 

 

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Romance: Wendy McCurdy, Executive Editor at Berkley Books

 

 

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Anne Sowards, Executive Editor at Ace and Roc

 

 

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Young Readers: Carmela Iaria, Executive Director of School and Library Marketing for Penguin Young Readers

 

 

Recommendations by genre, DECEMBER 2014: 

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Classics: Emily Hartley, Editorial Assistant for Penguin, Penguin Classics, and Viking

 

 

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Health & Self-Improvement: Brianna Yamashita, Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing for the Tarcher and Perigee imprints

 

 

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History & Current Events: Wesley Salazar, Marketing & Publicity Assistant at Blue Rider Press

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Carole Desanti, Vice President, Editor at Large for Viking and Penguin

 

 

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Mystery & Suspense: Tom Colgan, Executive Editor at Berkley Books

 

 

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Paranormal: Amanda Rodell, Associate National Account Manager in Penguin Adult sales

 

 

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Romance: Jessica Wade, Senior Editor, acquiring science fiction and fantasy for Ace & Roc books

 

 

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Editorial Assistant at Ace/Roc

 

 

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Young Readers: Jocelyn Edwards, Social Media Marketing and Convention Planning Assistant for Berkley and NAL

 

 

Recommendations by genre, NOVEMBER 2014: 

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Classics: Daniel Ridge, Director of Advertising and Promotion for the Academic and Library Marketing department

 

 

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Health & Self-Improvement: Brooke Carey, Editor at Gotham

 

 

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History & Current Events: Akif Saifi, editorial assistant at the Penguin Press

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Caitlin O’Shaughnessy, Associate Editor at Viking

 

 

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Mystery & Suspense: Katie Grinch, Assistant Director of Publicity at Putnam

 

 

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Paranormal: Isabel Farhi, Editorial assistant at NAL/Ace/Roc

 

 

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Romance: Katherine Pelz, assistant editor at The Berkley Publishing Group

 

 

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Judy Murello,  Executive Art Director in the Berkley Art Department 

 

 

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Young Readers: Erin Henry, Digital Marketing Manager at Penguin Young Readers Group

 

 

Recommendations by genre, OCTOBER 2014: 

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Classics: Alan Walker, Director of Academic and Library Marketing and Sales for Penguin

 

 

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Health & Self-Improvement: Sara Carder, Editorial Director at Tarcher / Penguin Random House

 

 

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History & Current Events: Andrew Dudley, Digital Business Manager 

 

 

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Literary Fiction: David Martin, Viking Editorial

 

 

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Mystery & Suspense: Carrie Swetonic, Director of Marketing for Dutton

 

 

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Paranormal: Julianne Clancy, copywriter for Berkley and NAL

 

 

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Romance: Leis Pedersen, Senior Editor with The Berkley Publishing Group

 

 

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 Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Diana Gill, Executive editor at Ace/Roc

 

 

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Young Readers: Colleen Conway, Young Readers Sales Rep covering the Pacific Northwest and part of Northern California

 

 

 

Recommendations by genre, SEPTEMBER 2014: 

Classics: Max Reid, Penguin Books Editorial Assistant 

 

 

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Health & Self-Improvement: Allison Prince, Advertising and Promotion Coordinator for Gotham and Avery

 

 

History & Current Events: Stephen Morrow, Executive Editor at Dutton

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Linda Cowen, Publishing Lawyer 

 

 

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Mystery & Suspense: Meaghan Wagner, Assistant Editor at Putnam

 

 

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Paranormal: Kent Anderson, Director of Online Sales and Marketing 

 

 

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Romance: Mary Stone, Assistant Marketing Manager for Putnam and Riverhead books 

 

 

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Sci-fi & Fantasy: Megha Jain, ebook Production Editor for Berkley and NAL’s Intermix imprint 

 

 

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Young Readers: Becca Cloyd, Digital and Social Media Marketing Coordinator at Penguin Young Reader Group

 

 

Recommendations by genre, AUGUST 2014: 

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Classics: Anna Baldasty, Copywriter in academic and library marketing 

 

 

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Health/Self-Improvement: Rob Holden, Marketing and Publicity Assistant for Gotham and Avery

 

 

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History/Current Events: Matt Boyd, Marketing Director at Penguin Press

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Ali Cardia, Assistant Editor at Riverhead Books

 

 

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Mystery & Suspense: Michael Barson, Putnam Publicity

 

 

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Paranormal: Rebecca Brewer, Editorial Assistant at Ace and Roc

 

 

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Romance: Jessica Brock, Publicity Assistant for Berkley and NAL 

 

 

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Nita Basu, Publicity Assistant for Berkley/NAL

 

 

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Young Readers: Marissa Grossman, Editorial Assistant at Razorbill

 

 

 

Recommendations by genre, JULY 2014: 

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Classics: Sam Raim, Editorial Assistant for Penguin Classics

 

 

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Health & Self-Improvement: Anne Kosmoski, Assistant Publicity Director for Gotham and Avery

 

 

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History & Current Events: Sarah Janet, Marketing Manager at Viking

 

 

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Literary Fiction: Lydia Hirt, Associate Director of Marketing for G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Riverhead Books

 

 

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Mystery & Suspense: John Mercun, Consumer Marketing Manager

 

 

Erica

Paranormal: Erica Martirano, Associate director of marketing for Berkley, Celebra, DAW Books, and InterMix

 

 

Alaina

Romance: Alaina Mauro, Publishing Manager for the Adult imprints at Penguin Group

 

 

Paul

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Paul Wargelin, Web Copy Manager for Berkley and NAL

 

 

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Young Readers: Alexis Watts, School and Library Marketing

 

 

 

 

Recommendations by genre, JUNE 2014: 

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Classics: Elda Rotor, Associate Publisher and Editorial Director for Penguin Classics

 

 

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Health/Self-Improvement: Farin Schussel, Marketing and Publicity Coordinator for Gotham Books and Avery

 

 

Eliza

History & Current Events: Eliza Rosenberry, Publicist at Blue Rider Press

 

 

Laura

Literary Fiction: Laura Perciasepe, Editor at Riverhead Books

 

 

Jess

Mystery & Suspense: Jess Renheim, Associate Editor at Dutton

 

 

Mia

Paranormal: Mia Garcia, Assistant Manager, Marketing and Advertising for Penguin Young Readers 

 

 

Erin

Romance: Erin Galloway, Associate Director of Publicity and Marketing for Berkley/NAL

 

 

Danielle

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Danielle Stockley, Associate Editor at Ace and Roc Books

 

 

Courtney

Young Readers: Courtney Wood, Associate Director of Digital and Social Marketing for Penguin Young Readers Group

 

 

 

Recommendations by genre, MAY 2014: 

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History & Current Events: Ben Platt, Associate Editor at The Penguin Press

 

 

Christopher

Mystery & Suspense: Christopher Nelson, Associate Director of Riverhead Books

 

 

Kristine

Paranormal: Kristine Swartz, editorial assistant at The Berkley Publishing Group

 

 

Julie

Romance: Julie Mianecki, Editorial Assistant at Berkley Publishing Group

 

 

Colleen

Sci-Fi & Fantasy: Colleen Lindsay, Associate Director of Marketing, Social Media & Reader Experience for Berkley and NAL Publishing Groups

 

 

Anna

Young Readers: Anna Jarzab, Digital and Social Marketing Manager for Young Readers

 

 

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