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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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1. Reading for Writers
2. Ways of Writing
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
** 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
** 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
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
** 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
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
** 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
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
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