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The River Reader, 11th Edition

  • Joseph F. Trimmer Ball State University
  • ISBN-10: 1133310311  |  ISBN-13: 9781133310310
  • 656 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2008
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

THE RIVER READER, 11th 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. 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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

Thematic Table of Contents.
Preface.
INTRODUCTION.
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.
Visual Strategies: A Visual Essay.
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.
Terry Tempest Williams, The Village Watchman.
Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named María.
Andre Dubus, Digging.
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant.
W. D. Wetherell, The Bass, the River and Sheila Mant (story).
2. PROCESS ANAYSIS.
Ann Zwinger, Drawing on Experience.
Lars Eighner, My Daily Dives in the Dumpster.
Ernest Hemingway, When You Camp Out Do It Right.
Nikki Giovanni, Campus Racism 101.
P. J. O'Rourke, Third World Driving Hints and Tips.
Elizabeth Winthrop, The Golden Darters (story).
3. COMPARISON AND CONTRAST.
Donna Barstow, Diet Versus Exercise (cartoon).
Mark Twain, Two Views of the River.
Brian Doyle, Joyas Valadoras.
Sarah Vowell, Cowboys v. Mounties.
David Sedaris, Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa.
Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts.
Paule Marshall, To Da-duh, In Memoriam.
4. DIVISION AND CLASSIFICATION.
Roz Chast, Cloud Chart (visual text).
Judith Viorst, The Truth About Lying.
Lewis Thomas, The Technology of Medicine.
Louis Kronenberger, Cranks, Eccentrics, and Individuals.
David Cole, Five Myths About Immigration.
Malcolm Gladwell, The Order of Things.
Flannery O'Connor, Revelation (story).
5. DEFINITION.
Shannon Mendes, Adbusters (visual text).
Gloria Naylor, A Word's Meaning Can Often Depend on Who Says It.
Kathleen Norris, The Holy Use of Gossip.
Diane Ackerman, Pain.
James Gleick, Attention! Multitaskers.
Joan Didion, On Morality.
Toni Cade Bambara, The Lesson (story).
6. CAUSE AND EFFECT.
Frank Hurley, The Endurance (visual text).
Calvin Trillin, Comforting Thoughts.
Daniel Goleman, Peak Performance: Why Records Fall.
Lucy Kavaler, Of Riot, Murder, and the Heat of Passion.
Loren Eiseley, How Flowers Changed the World.
Terry McMillan, The Movie That Changed My Life.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.
7. PERSUASION AND ARGUMENT.
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 on the American Dream.
A Debate About Animal Rights.
Brigid Brophy, The Rights of Animals.
Vicki Hearne, What's Wrong with Animal Rights?
A Debate about the Death Penalty.
H. L. Mencken, The Penalty of Death.
Anna Quindlen, Execution.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron (story).
8. RESOURCES FOR WRITING.
THE FAMILY: A CASEBOOK.
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue(narration and description).
Serena Nanda, Arranging a Marriage in India (process analysis).
Anne Roiphe, A Tale of Two Divorces (comparison and contrast).
IMAGES OF THE FAMILY: A VISUAL ESSAY.
Jane Howard, In Search of the Good Family (division and classification).
Howard Moody, Sacred Rite or Civil Right? (definition).
Scott Russell Sanders, Under the Influence (cause and effect).
A Debate About Family.
Barbara Kingsolver, Stone Soup (persuasion and argument).
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Women and the Future of Fatherhood (persuasion and argument).
Alice Walker, Everyday Use (story).
9. USING AND DOCUMENTING SOURCES.
Annotated Student Research Paper: Tricia Johnson, Pixels or Pages: The Textbook Debate.
Glossary.
Credits.
Index.

What's New

  • A new casebook, "The Family," presents variations on the theme of the family. 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.
  • An eight-page, full-color photographic essay, "Images of The Family," 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.
  • An updated chapter on documenting sources includes a new student sample that incorporates the 2009 MLA update.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"An eclectic selection of essays with succinct and useful discussion and writing aids."

— Patricia Rudden, New York City College of Technology

"A very effective, rhetorically sensitive volume of readings and classroom writing exercises for first year students of college composition."

— Chris Lawrence, SUNY New Paltz

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joseph F. Trimmer

Joseph F. Trimmer is professor of English and director 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.