The Essay Connection: Readings for Writers / Edition 10

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 75%)
Est. Return Date: 07/27/2015
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $18.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 85%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (28) from $18.00   
  • New (6) from $100.80   
  • Used (22) from $18.00   


THE ESSAY CONNECTION is a provocative, timely collection of rhetorically arranged essays by professional and student writers. It stimulates critical thinking on ethical, social, and political issues, enabling users to make connections and write with an informed viewpoint. Essays range from the personal to the scientific and cover a variety of modes--narration, process analysis, comparison and contrast, and persuasion--to prompt users' interest in different disciplines and genres. Professionally written essays (by scientists, economists, and journalists, among others) as well as user essays inspire and motivate readers. Unlike excerpts found in other readers, most essays are printed in their entirety, thus serving as better models for user writing. Throughout the text, Bloom offers practical, clear advice on writing that complements the essays. Rich visuals, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction provide a full set of models to bolster critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. The tenth edition offers 22 new selections to stimulate the readers' interest. An expanded argument casebook as well as new visuals, poems, and works of creative nonfiction and fiction build on the strengths of previous editions. New material on the Book Companion Website strengthens the readers' writing and reading comprehension skills.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The mini-casebooks are effective insofar as I use them. One of the reasons I've used books edited by Bloom for so long is that her reading selections and my assignments mesh so well."

"I love them. I would not change them. I assign them. They read them. We talk about them. They understand better. End of story."

"The variety of questions and the direction in terms of meaning and strategies are good."

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840030078
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 316,438
  • Product dimensions: 2.36 (w) x 3.54 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Z. Bloom earned three degrees in English at the University of Michigan, and has an abiding interest in composition and autobiography as subjects for research, teaching, and writing. She has taught and directed writing programs at Butler University (Indianapolis), the University of New Mexico, the College of William and Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She arrived at the University of Connecticut in 1988 as the first holder of an endowed chair, the Aetna Chair of Writing, on the Storrs Campus. In February 2000, she received University of Connecticut's highest academic honor as the newly established Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor. Her research has been supported by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and--for teaching writing in the Agricultural Sciences--by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bloom has written 17 books, including DOC FOR SPOCK: BIOGRAPHY OF A CONSERVATIVE RADICAL (Bobbs-Merrill, 1972), COMPOSITION STUDIES AS A CREATIVE ART (Utah State, 1988), and THE ESSAY CONNECTION (Cengage). She also has written over 80 articles including, "Freshman Composition as a Middle Class Enterprise" (1996) and "The Essay Canon" (1999), both in COLLEGE ENGLISH, and "Advancing Composition," a history of advanced composition in the twentieth century, in COMING OF AGE: ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND THE RESTRUCTURING OF ENGLISH STUDIES (ed. L. Shamoon and others; Heinemann, 2000).
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Part I: ON COMMUNICATION--WRITING AND SOCIAL MEDIA. 1. The Writing Process: Reading, Motivation, Warmup, Vision, Re-vision. Reading Images. 1. NEW Toni Morrison, "Strangers." Reading Icons. 2.A. Photograph: Rodin, "The Thinker." 3.B. Cartoon: Mike Peters, "The museum wants to buy the first one . . . ". 4.C. Mike D'Angelo, "Do-It-Yourself Emoticons." Reading/Writing Essays. 5. Elie Wiesel, "Why I Write." 6. Stephen King, "A door . . . you are willing to shut" from On Writing. 7. NEW Brian Doyle, "The Greatest Nature Essay Ever." 8. Rachel Toor, "Which of These Essay Questions Is the Real Thing?" 2: Social Media--Thinking, Reading, Writing in an Electronic Era. 9. Sherry Turkle "How Computers Change the Way We Think." 10. NEW Nicholas Carr, "Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains." 11.NEW William Deresiewicz, "Faux Friendship." 12. Deborah Tannen, From "Fast Forward: "Technologically Enhanced Aggression." 13. NEW A. Student writing: E. Cabell Hankison Gathman, "Cell Phones" in Sherry Turkle, The Inner History of Devices. 14. B NEW Student Writing. Tim Stobierski, "The Paradox." Part II: DETERMINING IDEAS IN A SEQUENCE. 3. Narration. 15. Fiction: Tim O'Brien, "How to Tell a True War Story." 16. Sherman Alexie, "What Sacagawea Means to Me." 17. Frederick Douglass, "Resurrection." 18. Art Spiegelman, Mein Kampf (My Struggle) [graphic essay]. 19. Linda Hogan "Waking." 20. Anne Fadiman, "Under Water." 21. Jason Verge, "The Habs." 4. Process Analysis. 22. CREATIVE NONFICTION: Meredith Hall, "Killing Chickens." 23. Joseph R. DiFranza, "Hooked from the First Cigarette." 24. NEW Scott McCloud "Reading the Comics." 25. Scott Russell Sanders, "The Inheritance of Tools." 26. NEW Barbara Ehrenreich, "Serving in Florida" from Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. 27. Atul Gawande, "On Washing Hands." 28. Ning Yu, "Red and Black." 5. Cause and Effect. 29. POEM Mary Oliver, "August." 30. Scott Russell Sanders, "Under the Influence: Paying the Price of My Father's Booze." 31. James Fallows "Tinfoil Underwear." 32. William Collins, Robert Colman, James Haywood, Martin R. Manning and Philip Mote, "The Physical Science Behind Climate Change." 33. Vaclav Havel, "Our Moral Footprint." 34. NEW Cartoon: Cathy Guisewite, "We Saw Paris." *35. NEW Student Essay A. Ryan O'Connell, "Standing Order." 36. NEW Student EssayB. Meaghan Roy-O'Reilly, "Balancing Act." Part III: CLARIFYING IDEAS. 6. Description. 37. CREATIVE NONFICTION Amanda Cagle, "On the Banks of the Bogue Chitto." 38. Linda Villarosa, "How Much of the Body is Replaceable?" 39. Mark Twain, "Uncle John's Farm." 40. Michael Pollan, "The Meal." 41. Marion Nestle, "Eating Made Simple." 42. Cartoon: Kim Warp, "Rising Sea Levels--An Alternative Theory." 43. David Sedaris, "Make That a Double." 44. Matt Nocton, "Harvest of Gold, Harvest of Shame." 7. Definition. 45. Poem V. Penelope Pelizzon, "Clever and Poor." 46. Natalie Angier "A Supple Casing, Prone to Damage." 47. Howard Gardner, "Who Owns Intelligence?" 45. NEW Jeffrey Wattles, "The Golden Rule--One or Many, Gold or Glitter?" 46. Lynda Barry, "Common Scents" from One! Hundred! Demons! 47. Brian Doyle, "Joyas Voladoras." 48." Student NEW Scott Allison, "Picturesque." 8. Comparison and Contrast. 49. NEW FICTION Jonathan Safran Foer, "Here We Aren't, So Quickly." 50. Deborah Tannen, "Communication Styles." 51. Roz Chast, "Men are From Belgium, Women are from New Brunswick." 52. Natalie Angier, "Why Men Don't Last: Self-Destruction as a Way of Life." 53. Suzanne Britt, "That Lean and Hungry Look." 54. Charles C. Mann, "The Coming Death Shortage." 55. Cartoon: "I never thought turning eighty could be this much fun." 56. Megan McGuire, "Wake Up Call." Part IV: ARGUING DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY. 9. Appeal to Reason: Deductive and Inductive Arguments. 57. POEM Marilyn Nelson "Friends in the Klan" from Carver, a Life in Poems. 58. Thomas Jefferson, "The Declaration of Independence." 59. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Cartoon Arguments: 60 A. Cartoon: Istvan Banyai "Inflation." 61 B. Marisa Acocella Marchetto "Why Haven't We Won the War on Cancer?" 62. Robert Reich, "The Global Elite." 61. NEW Tim Berners-Lee, "Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality." 62. Matthew C. Allen. "The Rhetorical Situation of the Scientific Paper and the 'Appearance' of Objectivity". 10. Appealing to Emotion and Ethics. 63. New Poem Janice Mirikitani, "Recipe." 64. Abraham Lincoln, "The Gettysburg Address." 65. Sojourner Truth, "Ain't I a Woman?" 66. Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal." 67. Ethical Arguments: Visual Versions. 67 A. Open. Op-Art. "Introducing new GoValue! Service." 68 B. Doonesbury, "Students' rights to party." 69. NEW Ed Dante [pseud], "The Shadow Scholar." 70. Peter Singer, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty." 71. NEW Edward Hoagland, "Children Are Diamonds." 72. Sheryl R. Kennedy, "About Suffering." Part V: CONTROVERSY IN CONTEXT: WHO ARE WE? 11. Identity. 73. New Poem Derek Walcott, "Love After Love." 74. Bill McKibben, "Designer Genes." 75. NEW Jonah Lehrer. "Don't." 76. Virginia Postrel, "The Truth About Beauty." 77. Galareh Asayesh, "Shrouded in Contradiction." 78. John Hockenberry, from Moving Violations. 79. Photo: "Nobody Knows I'm Gay." 80. Eric Liu, "Notes of a Native Speaker." 81. NEW Richard Rodriguez, "Atheism is Wasted on the Nonbeliever." 82. Student Writing Zara Rix, Corporality. Photo Essay. Part VI: CONTROVERSY IN CONTEXT: IMPLICATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND WORLD PEACE. An Argument Casebook. 12. Human Rights and World Peace: UN Declaration of Human Rights, and Nobel Peace Prize Speeches. 83. NEW United Nations, "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights." 84. Al Gore, "A Planetary Emergency." 85. Wangari Maathai "Planting the Seeds of Peace." 86. Kofi Annan, "The United Nations in the 21st Century" (2001). 87. NEW. James Orbinski, Medecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), "Humanitarianism." 88. Aung San Suu Kyi, "The Revolution of Spirit." 89. Rigoberta Menchu Tum, "Five Hundred Years of Mayan Oppression." 90. The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), "Inner Peace and Human Rights."
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)