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The River Reader 10th Edition

Joseph F. Trimmer

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2008, 2008, 2005
  • 656 Pages


THE RIVER READER, 10th 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 illustrates all of these modes. The readings represent diverse voices and views from some of the most respected professional essayists working in the English language, along with short stories and student examples. 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.

Joseph F. Trimmer, Ball State University

Joseph F. Trimmer is Professor of English Emeritus and Director Emeritus of The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State University. He is the author of numerous articles on literature, culture, and literacy, including THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION: THE FIRST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS (1978), UNDERSTANDING OTHERS: CULTURAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES AND THE TEACHING OF LITERATURE (1992), and NARRATION AS KNOWLEDGE: TALES OF THE TEACHING LIFE (1997). Professor Trimmer has also worked on 20 documentary films for PBS, including the six-part series, "Middletown" (1982). His textbooks include WRITING WITH A PURPOSE, 14th Edition (2004), THE RIVER READER, 12th Edition (formerly the RIVERSIDE READER (2016), and eFICTIONS (2002). Trimmer's A GUIDE TO MLA DOCUMENTATION, 9th Edition is a perennial bestseller; he has also published A GUIDE TO APA DOCUMENTATION.
  • An updated chapter on documenting sources includes a new student sample that incorporates the 2009 MLA update.
  • A thematically organized casebook about human and global survival appears at the end of the text and encourages students to examine this topic from a variety of perspectives.
  • The tenth edition features an engaging eight-page, full-color visual essay on "Survival." These powerful images provide new ways for students to create writing topics based on what they see, in addition to what they read.
  • 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, 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.
  • Sample student paragraphs that serve as models and inspiration appear at the beginning of each section and in the Instructor's Manual.
Guidelines for Reading an Essay.
Sample Analysis of an Essay: VIRGINIA WOOLF, “Shakespeare’s Sister”.
Visual Strategies: A Visual Essay.
Guidelines for Writing an Essay.
Student Essay: KRISTIE FERGUSON, “The Scenic Route”.
Maxine Hong Kingston, “A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe” (professional paragraph).
Lauren Briner, “Deloris” (student paragraph).
Marjane Satrapi, “The Veil” (visual text).
Maya Angelou, “My Name is Margaret”.
Donna Tartt, “Basketball Season”.
Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”.
Andre Dubus, “Digging”.
George Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant”.
W.D. Wetherell, “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” (story).
Scott Russell Sanders, “Digging Limestone” (professional paragraph).
Sara Temple, “Making Stained Glass” (student paragraph).
James Stevenson, “How Many It Takes” (visual text).
Ann Zwinger, “Drawing on Experience”.
P.J. O’Rourke, “Third World Driving Hints and Tips”.
Nikki Giovanni, “Campus Racism 101”.
Sarena Nanda, “Arranging a Marriage in India”.
Richard Selzer, “The Knife”.
Elizabeth Winthrop, “The Golden Darters” (story).
David McCullough, “FDR and Truman” (professional paragraph).
Nathan M. Harms, “Howard and Rush” (student paragraph).
Don Hong-Oai, “At Play” and “Tianzi Mountains” (visual text).
Mark Twain, “Two Views of the River”.
Sarah Vowells, “Cowboys v. Mounties”.
David Sedaris, “Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa”.
Anne Roiphe, “A Tale of Two Divorces”.
Laura Bohannan, “Shakespeare in the Bush”.
Alice Walker, “Everyday Use” (story).
Wendell Berry, “Conservation is Good Work” (professional paragraph).
Gareth Tucker, “Gentlemen! Start Your Engines” (student paragraph).
Roz Chast, “Cloud Chart” (visual text).
Judith Viorst, “The Truth About Lying”.
Mary Mebane, “Shades of Black”.
Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue”.
James H. Austin, “Four Kinds of Chance”.
David Cole, “Five Myths About Immigration”.
Flannery O’Connor, “Revelation” (story).
Jeremy Rifkin, “Consumption” (professional paragraph).
Jason Utesch, “Personality” (student paragraph).
Shannon Mendes, “Adbusters” (visual text).
Gloria Naylor, “A Word’s Meaning Can Often Depend on Who Says It”.
John Berendt, “The Hoax”.
Diane Ackerman, “Pain”.
James Gleick, “Attention! Multitaskers”.
Francine du Plessix Gray, “On Friendship”.
Toni Cade Bambara, “The Lesson” (story).
Alan Devoe, “The Little Death” (professional paragraph).
Emily Linderman, “Barrier-Free Design” (student paragraph).
Frank Hurley, “The Endurance” (visual text).
Calvin Trillin, “Comforting Thoughts”.
Daniel Goleman, “Peak Performances: Why Records Fall”.
Loren Eiseley, “How Flowers Changed the World”.
Terry McMillan, “The Movie That Changed My Life”.
Malcom Gladwell, “Examined Life”.
Arthur C. Clarke, “The Star” (story).
Alexander Tabarrok, “The Organ Donor Shortage” (professional paragraph).
Jim F. Saloman, “Genetic Engineering” (student paragraph).
“Physicians Against Land Mines” (visual text).
A Debate About Racism.
Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have A Dream”.
Eric Liu, “A Chinaman’s Chance Reflections of the American Dream”.
A Debate About Windmills.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., “An Ill Wind Off Cape Cod”.
Francis Broadhurst, “Cape Wind Is Sound for the Sound”.
A Debate About Family.
Barbara Kingsolver, “Stone Soup”.
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, “Women and the Future of Fatherhood”.
A Debate About the Death Penalty.
H.L. Mencken, “The Penalty of Death”.
Anna Quindlen, “Execution”.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., “Harrison Bergeron” (story).
Gretel Ehrlich, “A Match to the Heart” (Narration and Description).
Images of Survival: A Visual Essay.
Lars Eighner, “My Daily Dives in the Dumpster” (Process Analysis).
Alexander Petrunkevitch, “The Spider and the Wasp” (Comparison and Contrast).
Lewis Thomas, “The Technology of Medicine” (Division and Classification).
Stuar Vyse, “The Particulars of Financial Failure” (Definition).
Melvin Konner, “Why the Reckless Survive” (Cause and Effect).
A Debate About Global Warming.
Al Gore, “The Time to Act is Now” (Persuasion and Argument).
Daniel B. Botkin, “Global Warming Delusions” (Persuasion and Argument).
Gail Godwin, “Dream Children” (Story).
Annotated Student Research Paper: Carrie Ahls, “The Problems and Possibilities of
Online Communities”.
Subject Index.
Name / Title Index.

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"This is a very solid reader as it has been around a long time and Trimmer and Hairston are professional teachers and writers. They obviously have kept living contact with the classroom as the book has both very update selections and incredible electronic online support and writing complements. Of all the readers out there, this is one of the best."

"A nice collection of interesting and diverse short stories that has themes that all of my students can relate."

"[THE RIVER READER] offers a wide breadth of materials in a convenient package that is small enough to carry around."

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