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THE RIVER READER, 12th Edition (formerly THE RIVERSIDE READER), is a collection of expository essays arranged by rhetorical modes: narration and description, process and analysis, comparison and contrast, division and classification, definition, cause and effect, and persuasion and argument. A final thematic unit, "Food: A Casebook," illustrates all of these modes. The readings, which include short stories, represent diverse voices and views from some of the most respected professional essayists working in the English language. Essays in this edition serve as structural models for students to emulate in their writing and as sources of content for classroom discussion and paper topics. Headnotes and post-reading material analyze each reading in context, helping students better understand the craft of writing and apply what they learn to their own work. The 12th Edition is available with MindTap. Each student text is packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.
- To provide students with quick and easy access to the latest changes in MLA style, The Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition, is packaged free with each student text.
- A new casebook, "Food," presents variations on the theme of food. The eight essays and one short story, which are arranged to repeat the patterns presented in the seven rhetorical chapters, illustrate how such strategies enable a writer to investigate a theme from a variety of perspectives. Selections, among others, include Laurie Colwin's "How to Fry Chicken," Michael Pollen's "Eat Food: Food Defined," and Andres Dubus's "The Fat Girl."
- An eight-page, full-color photographic essay, "Images of Food," emphasizes the power of images to evoke ideas and insights. Each image is followed by a writing assignment that encourages students to connect what they see with what they read and plan to write.
- This edition includes new paired articles that promote students' critical thinking. For example, the selections in the chapter on persuasion and argument have been paired to present different perspectives on the purpose of student athletics and a liberal arts education--topics that will be of interest and relevance to many students.
- From the simple to the more complex, a range of readings appears throughout the text, while paired readings offer pro and con perspectives on hot topics.
- Annotated and alternate thematic tables of contents facilitate syllabus building and offer flexibility in planning.
- An introductory section promotes active reading, with Guidelines for Reading an Essay, a sample analysis of an essay, and Guidelines for Writing an Essay. Accompanying questions concerning purpose, audience, and strategy help students think critically about writing.
- Visual texts, including one photograph per chapter and an eight-page color photo essay on food, emphasize the power of images to evoke insights and ideas. They also provide new ways for students to create writing topics based on what they see.
Guidelines for Reading an Essay.
Sample Analysis of an Essay: Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare's Sister.
Forming a Working Purpose: The Hypothesis.
Testing Your Hypothesis: The Discovery Draft.
Purpose and Thesis.
Guidelines for Determining Your Purpose.
Guidelines for Analyzing Your Audience.
Guidelines for Selecting Your Strategy.
Student Essay: Kristie Ferguson, The Scenic Route.
1. NARRATION AND DESCRIPTION.
Marjane Satrapi, The Veil (visual text).
Maya Angelou, My Name Is Margaret.
David Sedaris, I Like Guys.
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant.
Richard Russo, Dog.
2. PROCESS ANAYSIS.
James Stevenson, How Many It Takes.
P. J. O'Rourke, Third World Driving Hints and Tips.
Scott Adams, How to Get a Real Education.
Lars Eighner, My Daily Dives in the Dumpster.
Elizabeth Winthrop, The Golden Darters (story).
3. COMPARISON AND CONTRAST.
Joseph Rosenthal, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.
Thomas Franklin, Raising the Flag at Ground Zero.
Mark Twain, Two Views of the River.
Howard Moody, Sacred Rite or Civil Right?
Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts.
Alice Walker, Everyday.
4. DIVISION AND CLASSIFICATION.
Different Types of Guitar Music.
Judith Viorst, The Truth About Lying.
David Cole, Five Myths About Immigration.
James H. Austin, Four Kinds of Chance.
Flannery O'Connor, Revelation (story).
Charles Barsotti, Cute is whatever you can get away with (visual text).
Gloria Naylor, A Word's Meaning Can Often Depend on Who Says It.
James Gleick, Attention! Multitaskers.
Joseph Epstein, Duh, Bor-ing.
Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson (story).
6. CAUSE AND EFFECT.
Rosa Parks Riding a Bus (visual text).
Calvin Trillin, Comforting Thoughts.
Daniel Goleman, Peak Performance: Why Records Fall.
Brent Staples, Black Men in Public Spaces.
Alice Adams, Truth or Consequences.
7. PERSUASION AND ARGUMENT.
Healthcare Reform (visual text).
A Debate about College Sports.
Taylor Branch, The Shame of College Sports.
Seth David, Should College Athletes Be Paid? Why, They Already Are.
A Debate About Liberal Arts.
Peter Cohan, To Boost Post-College Prospects, Cut Humanities Departments.
William Deresiewicz, What Is College For?
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron (story).
8. RESOURCES FOR WRITING.
Food: A Casebook.
Images of Food: A Visual Essay.
Teresa Lust, The Same Old Stuffing (narration and description).
Laurie Colwin, How to Fry Chicken (process analysis).
Suzanne Britt Jordon, That Lean and Hungry Look (comparison and contrast).
Alexander Theroux, The Candy Man (discussion and classification).
Michael Pollan, Eat Food: Food Defined (definition).
Eric Schlosser: Why McDonald's French Fries Taste So Good (cause and effect).
Peter Singer, Equality for Animals (persuasion and argument).
Laura Fraser, Why I Stopped Being a Vegetarian (persuasion and argument).
Andres Dubus, The Fat Girl (story).
THE RIVER READER is an ideal mix of classical and contemporary readings. It engages readers to think about issues of social justice in American society. It combines creative and expository pieces."
"THE RIVER READER is wide-ranging in terms of its coverage of different types of writing and thorough in terms of its many examples."
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