COMING FROM HOME is an innovative reader arranged around the theme of families and the importance of community. Containing 71 selections--essays (including student essays), poems, stories, and memoirs--it provides a variety of ethnic, cultural, economic, sociological, psychological, and literary perspectives. Journal writing and intertextual questions (asking students to work with common threads within a number of works) characterize the extensive, integrated pedagogical support that contributes to making COMING FROM HOME the basis for an exciting and unusually effective focus for writing courses.
Students' Introduction: Students to Students.
Authors to Students. Focus on the Reading/Writing Process, Keeping a Reading/Writing Journal, Reading: Preparing for the Journey, Making the Transition: From Reading to Writing Essays.
George Keithley, The Child.
Russell Baker, Life With Mother.
Alfred Kazin, In Mother's Kitchen.
Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, Beginnings.
Amy Tan, "Scar" from The Joy Luck Club.
John Cheever,The National Pastime.
Alice Walker, Father.
Joan Didion, On Going Home.
Amy Marx, My Grandfather's Memories.
D. H. Lawrence, The Rocking-Horse Winner.
Suzanne Short, The Whispering of the Walls.
Alfred Lubrano, Bricklayer's Boy.
Toni Cade Bambara, Raymond's Run.
Jeremy Seabrook, A Twin Is Only Half a Person.
David Sherwood, Discarded.
Marie Howe, A Letter to a Sister.
Klarice Tsing, The Violin.
3. MYTHS AND RITUALS:
Charles Dickens, Christmas at the Cratchits from a A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Bruno Bettelheim, Magic Days.