Natural Acts: Readings on Nature and the Environment

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Natural Acts: Readings on Nature and the Environment is a brief, inexpensive collection of essays about the natural world and our place in it. The essays are proven models for effective writing that invite students to reflect on how we perceive and respond to nature, to understand how nature works, to examine our complex interactions with animals, and to evaluate arguments on environmentalism. Natural Acts can be assigned as a ready-made single-theme reader, or can be easily supplemented or customized through Bedford Select.

Less than half the size and half the price of typical anthologies, Bedford Select Readers are built out of the offerings in Bedford Select, the Bedford/St. Martin's custom database, and are designed to provide cost-effective and customizable alternatives to conventional composition and literature anthologies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312566876
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 650,702
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Seeing and Being in the Natural World

Seeing Annie Dillard 1

A List of Nothing in Particular William Least Heat-Moon 13

The Solace of Open Spaces Gretel Ehrlich 17

The Way to Rainy Mountain N. Scott Momaday 27

Where I Lived, and What I Lived For Henry David Thoreau 33

The Nurture of Nature Deb Aronson 39

Against Nature Joyce Carol Oates 42

Natural and Unnatural Processes

Why the Sky Looks Blue James H. Jeans 50

Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall Diane Ackerman 52

On Natural Death Lewis Thomas 56

The Spider and the Wasp Alexander Petrunkevitch 59

Understanding Natural Selection Charles Darwin 64

Relating to Animals

Am I Blue? Alice Walker 70

My Horse Barry Lopez 75

Animal Research Saves Human Lives Heloisa Sabin 82

Why We Don't Need Animal Experimentation Peggy Carlson 85

Animal Liberation Peter Singer 87

What's Wrong with Animal Rights? Vicki Hearne 101

Environmentalism and Ethics

Wilderness Letter Wallace Stegner 110

Fable for Tomorrow Rachel Carson 116

The Clan of the One-Breasted Women Terry Tempest Williams 118

Is Humanity Suicidal? Edward O. Wilson 126

Environmentalism of the Spirit Al Gore 136

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