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The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings (ISBN 9780312486860) is suitable for introductory-level writing classes because of its flexibility and rich selections. It strikes a good balance between contemporary and classic works. Selections offered are picked out based on fields of study, levels of difficulty, time periods, and communities. All essays...
The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings (ISBN 9780312486860) is suitable for introductory-level writing classes because of its flexibility and rich selections. It strikes a good balance between contemporary and classic works. Selections offered are picked out based on fields of study, levels of difficulty, time periods, and communities. All essays chosen by Donald McQuade and Robert Atwan have very clear points of view and strong voices. The book is divided into 4 major parts: (1) personal writing through exploration of own lives, (2) expository writing by shaping information, (3) argumentative writing by contending with issues, and (4) voices of modern fiction. Already on its 6th edition, this textbook remains to be one of the best references for college-level students, whether writing majors or not. It features new essays such as the Problem with T-Shirts by Thomas Beller, Toy Children by Meghan Daum, Scattered Inconveniences by Jerald Walker, American Pie by Hanna Miller, Shootings by Adam Gopnik, and What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver. Other selections in The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings (by McQuade and Atwan) include Corn-pone Opinions by Mark Twain, A & P by John Updike, the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Mother Tongue by Amy Tan, and Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is The Self by Alice Walker. Aside from offering an insightful assortment of writings, this textbook also encourages students to develop a deep appreciation for literature and encourage them to use their critical thinking skills and be able to write substantial materials. An instructor's manual is available to help teachers make their writing more engaging. There is also an online supplement for students.
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