75 Readings Plus

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2003-05-13
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Rhetorically arranged and priced with students in mind, 75 Readings Plus couples the most popular essays for first-year writing with extensive apparatus.

Table of Contents

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Chapter One: Narration

*George Orwell: Shooting an Elephant

Langston Hughes: Salvation

Related Reading: Angelou, Grandmother's Victory, Ch1

Maya Angelou: Grandmother's Victory

Related Reading: Cofer, A Partial Remembrance…, Ch 2

Noda, Growing Up Asian in America, Ch 5

Maxine Hong Kingston: No Name Woman

*Macolm X: Coming to an Awareness of Language

Related Reading: Naylor, Meanings of a Word Ch 4

Steele, Black Men and Public Space, Ch 7

*David Sedaris: Me Talk Pretty One Day

Chapter Two: Description

James Baldwin: Fifth Avenue, Uptown

Related Reading: Steele, Black Men and Public Space, Ch 7

Virginia Woolf: The Death of the Moth

N. Scott Momaday: The Way to Rainy Mountain

Related Reading: Angelou, Grandmother's Victory, Ch1

E.B. White: Once More to the Lake

Joan Didion: Marrying Absurd

Related Reading: Fox, Gawk Shows, Ch 9

*Judith Ortiz Cofer: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood

Related Reading: Angelou, Grandmother's Victory, Ch1

Hughes: Salvation, Ch 1

Chapter Three: Process Analysis

Alexander Petrunkevitch: The Spider and the Wasp

Jessica Mitford: Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain

Sue Hubbell: Honey Harvest

Richard Marius: Writing Drafts

Adam Goodheart: How to Paint a Fresco

*Diane Ackerman: Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall

Related Reading: Petrunkevitch, The Spider and the Wasp, Ch 3

Cole, The Arrow of Time, Ch 8

Chapter Four: Definition

Susan Sontag: Women's Beauty: Put Down of Power Source?

Jo Goodwin Parker: What is Poverty?

Related Reading: Ehrenreich, A Step Back to the Workhouse? Ch 10

Hardin: Lifeboat Ethics, Ch 10

Gloria Steinem: Erotica and Pornography

Nancy Mairs: On Being a Cripple

*Gloria Naylor: Meanings of a Word

Related Reading: Malcolm X, Coming to an Awareness…, Ch 1

*Ellen Goodman: The Company Man

Related Reading: Lutz, Doublespeak Ch 5

Chapter Five: Classification and Division

Gail Sheehy: Predictable Crises of Adulthood

Donald Hall: Four Kinds of Reading

Kesaya E. Noda: Growing Up Asian in America

Related Reading: Angelou, Grandmother's Victory Ch 1

Judity Viorst: The Truth about Lying

William Lutz: Doublespeak

*Jonathan Lethem: 9 Failures of the Imagination

Chapter Six: Comparison and Contrast

May Sarton: The Rewards of Living a Solitary Life

Bruce Catton: Grant and Lee: As Study in Contrasts

Deborah Tannen: Talk in the Intimate Relationship: His and Hers

Mark Twain: Two Views of the Mississippi

Scott Russell Sanders: The Men We Carry in Our Minds

Related Reading: Staples, Black Men and Public Space, Ch 7

Goodman, The Company Man, Ch 4

*Suzanne Britt: Neat People vs. Sloppy People

Chapter Seven: Example and Illustration

Robertson Davies: A Few Kind Words for Supersition

Peter Farb and George Armelagos: Patterns of Eating

Edward T. Hall: The Anthropology of Manners

Barbara Huttman: A Crime of Compassion

Brent Staples: Black men and Public Space

Related Reading: Sanders: The Men We Carry in Our Minds, Ch 6

*Franz Kafka, Letter to His Father

Chapter Eight: Cause and Effect

Norman Cousins: Pain Is Not the Ultimate Enemy

Shelby Steele: White Guilt

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead: Where Have All the Parents Gone?

Related Reading: Cofer, A Partial Remembrance…., Ch 2

Philip Meyer: If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Strange, Would You? Probably

*K.C. Cole: The Arrow of Time

Related Reading: Ackerman, Why Leaves Turn Color…, Ch 3*Calvin Trillin: It's Just Too Late

Chapter Nine: Analogy

Plato: The Myth of the Cave

Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus

Alice Walker: Am I Blue?

Nicols Fox: Gawk Show

Harace Miner: Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

Loren Eiseley: The Cosmic Prison

Chapter Ten: Argument and Persuasion


Welfare Reform

Barbara Ehrenreich: A Step Back to the Workhouse?

Garrett Hardin: Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor

Related Reading: Whitehead, Where Have All the Parents Gone? Ch 8

Free Speech

Nat Hentoff: Should This Student Have Been Expelled?

Alan M. Dershowiz: Shouting "Fire!"

*Wendy Kaminer: Virtual Rape


Camille Paglia: Rape and Modern Sex War

Susan Jacoby: Common Decency


Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal

Related Reading: Parker, What Is Poverty? Ch 4

Marine Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream

Related Reading: Malcolm X, Coming to an Awareness, Ch 1

Debra Dickerson: Who Shot Johnny?

Richard Rodriguez: Bilingual Education: Outdated and Unrealistic

*Judy Brady: Why I Want a Wife

*Naomi Shahib Nye: To Any Would-Be Terrorists

*Jonathan Kozol: The Details of Life

Chapter Eleven: Mixed Strategies

Stephen J. Gould: Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs

Amy Tan: Mother Tongue

Lars Eighner: On Dumpster Diving

*Andrew Sullivan: This Is a Religious War

Related Reading: Nye: To Any Would-Be Terrorists, Ch 10

*Sandra Cisneros: Only Daughter

Related Reading: Cofer, A Partial Remembrance…, Ch 2

*Annie Dillard: Total Eclipse

*Ian Frazier: Coyote vs. Acme

Related Reading: Goodman, The Company Man, Ch 4

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