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Incorporating readings representing new voices and styles in nonfiction that will appeal to contemporary readers, this classic composition reader continues to provide engaging, instructive models of the rhetorical modes.

A wealth of new selections appear in this respected modes-based reader, continuing its tradition of offering high-quality, accessible readings, both classic and with a contemporary “edge” and style. The readings encourage students to take a stand on questions of culture, identity, and value in college communities, in the workplace, and in society. Thorough introductions to each rhetorical pattern, numerous exercises, and sample student essays throughout the book emphasize practical concrete writing strategies. A thematic table of contents and table of “Essay Pairs”—which groups essays particularly well-suited for study and discussion—make this book versatile and convenient for instructors to adapt for their classes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205220458
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 10/19/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 198,854
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

** denotes new to this edition

1. Reading for Writers

2. Ways of Writing





3. Example

Andy Rooney, In and Of Ourselves We Trust

Wil Haygood, Underground Dads

Mary Karr, Dysfunctional Nation

Issues and Ideas: Characterizing Behavior

Brent Staples, Just Walk On By

Jonah Lehrer, The Uses of Reason

4. Classification

** William Zinsser, College Pressures

** Amy Tan, Mother Tongue

Michael Ventura, Don’t Even Think About It!

Issues and Ideas: Sorting Out How We Communicate

** Deborah Tannen, But What Do You Mean?

** Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie

5. Comparison

** Rachel Carson, Fable for Tomorrow

Mark Twain, Two Ways of Seeing a River

Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee, A Study in Contrasts

Bill McKibben, Old Macdonald Had a Farmer’s Market

Issues and Ideas: Evaluating Traditions

** Bharati Mukherhee, Two Ways to Belong in America

** WilliamOuchi, Japanese and American Workers

6. Analogy

Alice Walker, Am I Blue?

** Robert Benchley, Advice to Writers

** Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth

Issues and Ideas: Perceiving Likeness in Differences

** Henry David Thoreau, The Battle

** Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Oyster Bed

** Visual Text (Advertisement) TK

7. Process Analysis

** Amy Sutherland, What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage

** Barbara Kingsolver, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Ian Frazier, How to Operate the Shower Curtain

Issues and Ideas: Demystifying Everyday Rituals

** Stanley Fish: Getting Coffee Is Hard to Do

** Ernest Hemingway, Camping Out

8. Cause-Effect

** Michael Jernigan, Living the Dream

** Norman Cousins, Who Killed Benny Paret?

Issues and Ideas: Fathoming Consequences

Cullen Murphy, Hello, Darkness

Verlyn Klinkenborg, Our Vanishing Night

9. Definition

John Berendt, The Hoax

** Jhumpa Lahiri, My Two Lives

Anne Fadiman, Coffee

Issues and Ideas: Clarifying Values and Roles

Stephen L. Carter, The Insufficiency of Honesty

** Mary Pipher, Beliefs about Families

10. Description

** Suzanne Berne, Ground Zero

George Simpson, The War Room at Bellevue

Daniel Thomas Cook, Children of the Brand

Issues and Ideas: Expressing Memories

Donna Tartt, A Garden Party

E. B. White, Once More to the Lake

11. Narration

Geoffrey Canada, Pain

** Langston Hughes, Salvation

** Sandra Cisneros, Only Daughter

Issues and Ideas: Dramatizing Ethical Dilemmas

Martin Gansberg, Thirty-Eight Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police

** George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant

12. Induction and Deduction

Nancy Friday, The Age of Beauty

Issues and Ideas: Digital Realities

J. C. Herz, Superhero Sushi

12. Argument

Issues and Ideas: Persuading an Audience

Christopher B. Daly, How the Lawyers Stole Winter

Stephanie Mills, Could You Live with Less?

Anna Quindlen, The Drug That Pretends It Isn’t

Andrew O’Hehir, The Myth of Media Violence

** Al Gore, The Time to Act Is Now

** Mark Twain, The Damned Human Race

Elizabeth Svoboda, “I Am Not a Puzzle, I Am a Person”

Margaret Atwood, Pornography

Sarah Min, Language Lessons

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

14. Further Readings

Jason Kelly, The Great TV Debate

Leslie Marmon Silko, Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit

George Orwell, A Hanging

Jean E. Kilbourne, Beauty . . . And the Beast of Advertising

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