Higher Education

The Essay Connection, 9th Edition

  • Lynn Z. Bloom The University of Connecticut
  • ISBN-10: 0547190786  |  ISBN-13: 9780547190785
  • 688 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2001
  • © 2010 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $122.00
  • Newer Edition Available

About

Overview

THE ESSAY CONNECTION is a provocative, timely collection of rhetorically arranged essays by professional and student writers. It stimulates critical thinking on ethical, social, and political issues, enabling students to make connections and write with an informed viewpoint. Essays range from the personal to the scientific and cover a variety of modes--narration, process analysis, comparison and contrast, and persuasion--to prompt students' interest in different disciplines and genres. Professionally written essays (by scientists, economists, and journalists, among others), as well as, student essays inspire and motivate students. Unlike excerpts found in other readers, most essays are printed in their entirety, thus serving as better models for student writing. Throughout the text, Bloom offers practical, clear advice on writing that complements the essays. Rich visuals, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction provide a full set of models to bolster critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. The ninth edition offers more than 30 new essays to stimulate students' interest. An expanded argument casebook, as well as, new visuals, poems, and works of creative nonfiction and fiction build on the strengths of previous editions. New material on the Book Companion Website strengthens students' writing and reading comprehension skills.

Features and Benefits

  • Engaging visuals throughout the text stimulate students' motivation to learn and illustrate the complex issues within the chapters.
  • A concluding feature in each chapter shows how one rhetorical strategy, such as definition, can be used in conjunction with another strategy, such as process analysis.
  • The argument casebook, "Controversy in Context: Implications of World Terrorism and World Peace" includes nineteen core readings, a portfolio of photographs, and a political cartoon.
  • The Book Companion Website offers additional resources for writing and research, visual literacy activities, annotated student essays, flashcards of glossary terms, and ACE practice quizzes that test reading comprehension.
  • Twelve complete student essays, as well as, excerpts from thirteen student writers' notebooks, provide students with real peer models.
  • The author's emphasis on the writing process appears throughout the text, especially in chapter lessons on speaking, reading, writing, and revising. Drafts of a real student paper demonstrate the writing process at work.

Table of Contents

Part I: ON WRITING.
1: Writers in Process: Speaking, Reading, Imagining.
1. Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue".
2. Reading Icons (paired selections) Rodin''s "The Thinker". Alex Williams, "How to Say It with Emoticon". Mike Peters, "Mother Goose & Grimm (The museum wants to buy the first one . . .)".
3. Elie Wiesel, "Why I Write".
4. Joan Didion, "Life Changes Fast", from THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING.
2: The Writing Process: Warmup, Vision, Re-Vision.
5. Stephen King, "A Door . . . You Are Willing to Shut", from ON WRITING.
6. Orhan Pamuk, "My Father''s Suitcase" [excerpt from 2006 Nobel Prize lecture].
7. William Least Heat-Moon, "A List of Nothing in Particular".
8. Donald Murray, "The Maker''s Eye".
9. College Admissions Essays (paired selections) Alexander J.G. Schneider, "What I Really Wanted to Write in My Admissions Essays"; Rachel Toor, "Which One of These Essay Questions Is the Real Thing"?
Part II: DETERMINING IDEAS IN A SEQUENCE.
3: Narration.
10. Tim O''Brien, ""How to Tell a True War Story".
11. Sherman Alexie, "What Sacagawea Means to Me".
12. Frederick Douglass, "Resurrection".
13. Art Spiegelman, "Mein Kampf (My Struggle)".
14. Linda Hogan, "Waking".
15. Anne Fadiman, "Under Water".16. Jason Verge, "The Habs".
4: Process Analysis.
17. Meredith Hall, "Killing Chickens".
18. Joseph R. DiFranza, "Hooked from the First Cigarette".
19. Scott McCloud, "Character Design".
20. Scott Russell Sanders, "The Inheritance of Tools".
21. James Fallows, "Tinfoil Underwear".
22. Ntozake Shange, "What Is It We Really Harvestin'' Here"?
23. Ning Yu, "Red and Black".
5: Cause and Effect.
24. Mary Oliver, "August".
25. Zitkala-Sa, from THE SCHOOL DAYS OF AN INDIAN GIRL.
26. Scott Russell Sanders, "Under the Influence".
27. Atul Gawande, "On Washing Hands".
28. William Collins et al., "The Physical Science Behind Climate Change".
29. Vaclav Havel, "Our Moral Footprint".
30. Megan McGuire, "Wake Up Call".
Part III: CLARIFYING IDEAS.
6: Description.
31. Amanda Cagle, "On the Banks of the Bogue Chitto".
32. Linda Villarosa, "How Much of the Body Is Replaceable"?"
33. Mark Twain, "Uncle John''s Farm".
34. Michael Pollan, "The Meal".
35. [Marion Nestle, "Eating Made Simple".
36. Suzanne Britt, "That Lean and Hungry Look.".
37. Matt Nocton, "Harvest of Gold, Harvest of Shame".
7: Division and Classification.
38. Jenny Spinner, "Together in the Old Square Print, 1976".
39. Natalie Angier, "Why Men Don''t Last: Self-Destruction as a Way of Life".
40. Deborah Tannen, "Technologically Enhanced Aggression", from FAST FORWARD.
41. David Sedaris, "Make That a Double",
42. Richard Rodriguez, "Family Values".
43. Gelareh Asayesh, "Shrouded in Contradiction".
44. Sumbul Khan, "Mirror, Mirror On the Wall, Who''s the Fairest of Them All"?
8: Definition.
45. V. Penelope Pelizzon, "Clever and Poor".
46. Natalie Angier, "A Supple Casing, Prone to Damage".
47. Howard Gardner, "Who Owns Intelligence"?
48. John Hockenberry, from MOVING VIOLATIONS.
49. Brian Doyle, "Joyas Voladoras".
50. Lynda Barry, "Common Scents".
51. Christopher LaCasse, "Hegemony".
9: Comparison and Contrast.
52. Elizabeth Tallent, "No One''s A Mystery".
53. Deborah Tannen, "Communication Styles".
54. Roz Chast, "Men Are from Belgium, Women Are from New Brunswick".
55. Sherry Turkle, "How Computers Change the Way We Think".
56. Chang-rae Lee, "Coming Home Again".
57. Charles Mann, "Forever Young".
58. Michael Benedetto, "Home Away from Home".
Part IV. ARGUING DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY.
10: Appeal to Reason: Deductive and Inductive Arguments.
59. Marilyn Nelson, "Friends in the Klan".
60. Thomas Jefferson, "The Declaration of Independence".
61. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Letter from Birmingham Jail".
62. Jared Diamond, "The World as a Polder".
63. Cartoon Arguments (paired selections) by Evan Eisenberg, "Dialogue Boxes You Should Have Read More Carefully"; Marisa Acocella Marchetto, "Why Haven''t We Won the War on Cancer"?
64. Robert Reich, "The Global Elite".
65. Matthew C. Allen, "The Rhetorical Situation of the Scientific Paper and the ''Appearance'' of Objectivity".
11: Appealing to Emotion and Ethics.
66. Seamus Heaney, "Horace and the Thunder".
67. Abraham Lincoln, "The Gettysburg Address".
68. Sojourner Truth, "Ain''t I a Woman"?
69. Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal".
70. Ethical Arguments: Visual Versions (paired selections) Open Design Studio, "Introducing NEW GoValue! Service".
71. Peter Singer, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty".
72. Charles M. Young, "Losing: An American Tradition".
73. Sheryl R. Kennedy, "About Suffering".
Part V: CONTROVERSY IN CONTEXT.
12: Implications of Identity.
74. Judith Hall, "Perilous Riddle".
75. E. B. White, "Democracy"; Barack Obama, "A More Perfect Union".
76. Eric Liu, "Notes of a Native Speaker".
77. Bill McKibben, "Designer Genes".
78. Virginia Postrel, "The Truth About Beauty".
79. Michael J. Bugeja, "Facing the Facebook".
80. Zara Rix, "Corporality".
13: Implications of World Peace.
81. Al Gore, "A Planetary Emergency" (2007).
82. [Wangari Maathai, "Planting the Seeds of Peace"" (2004).
83. Kofi Annan, "The United Nations in the 21st Century" (2001).
84. James Orbinski, Médecins Sans Frontières, "Humanitarianism" (1999).
85. Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk, "The End of Apartheid" (1993).
86. Aung San Suu Kyi, "The Revolution of Spirit" (1991).
87. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, "Five Hundred Years of Mayan Oppression""(1992).
88. The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), "Inner Peace and Human Rights" (1989).

What's New

  • The 9th Edition contains 93 selections: 42% are new, including eight visual selections (a mix of cartoons and graphic essays, op-art pieces, and photos) and two poems.
  • Also, new to this edition are many more visuals within individual selections.
  • Bloom provides streamlined yet comprehensive coverage of the writing and revision processes, including two new, streamlined "casebook" chapters on Identity and World Peace.
  • For every study question set, Bloom supplies new post-reading writing prompts: "Journal Writing", "Mixed Modes" (asks students to examine how selections incorporate multiple rhetorical strategies); "Dialogues" (asks students to consider links between the piece they just read and one or more others in the text that feature similar themes or literary techniques); and "Second Look" (asks students to interpret visuals on their own and in the context of the reading).

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lynn Z. Bloom

Lynn Z. Bloom earned three degrees in English at the University of Michigan, and has an abiding interest in composition and autobiography as subjects for research, teaching, and writing. She has taught and directed writing programs at Butler University (Indianapolis), the University of New Mexico, the College of William and Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She arrived at the University of Connecticut in 1988 as the first holder of an endowed chair, the Aetna Chair of Writing, on the Storrs Campus. In February 2000, she received University of Connecticut's highest academic honor as the newly established Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor. Her research has been supported by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and--for teaching writing in the Agricultural Sciences--by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bloom has written 17 books, including DOC FOR SPOCK: BIOGRAPHY OF A CONSERVATIVE RADICAL (Bobbs-Merrill, 1972), COMPOSITION STUDIES AS A CREATIVE ART (Utah State, 1988), and THE ESSAY CONNECTION (Cengage). She also has written over 80 articles including, "Freshman Composition as a Middle Class Enterprise" (1996) and "The Essay Canon" (1999), both in COLLEGE ENGLISH, and "Advancing Composition," a history of advanced composition in the twentieth century, in COMING OF AGE: ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND THE RESTRUCTURING OF ENGLISH STUDIES (ed. L. Shamoon and others; Heinemann, 2000).