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The River Reader 12th Edition

Joseph F. Trimmer

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THE RIVER READER, 12th Edition, is a collection of 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. The readings represent diverse voices from some of the most respected essayists in the English language. Essays in this edition serve as structural models and sources of content for classroom discussion and paper topics. Headnotes and post-reading material analyze each reading in context. Available with MindTap®, the digital learning solution. Packaged with a free Cengage Essential Reference Card to the MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition.

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.

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  • 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.

The River Reader


Thematic Table of Contents.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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).
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).

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