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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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People who are learning to write need to read a lot of good writing. This conveniently compact textbook presents over 500 pages of some of the best modern nonfiction, 50 essays by authors both renowned and lesser known. Their themes include childhood and family, class, community, cultural diversity, death, the envronment, ethics, food, globalization, history, immigration, law, media, memory, myth, popular culture, psychology, science and technology, social custom, violence, work, and much more.

Among the famous authors represented are those who have entered the canon of great literature: George Orwell, E.B. White, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, David Foster Wallace, Jessica Mitford, and others. Many of these authors are still active: Annie Dillard, Barbara Kingsolver, Richard Rodriguez, Amy Tan, Anna Quindlen, Guillermo del Toro, Michael Pollan, and so on. There are humorists like Russell Baker, David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, and Dave Barry; travel writers like William Least Heat-Moon; and social commentators like Thomas Sowell.

In addition to essays, the book offers in-depth advice on how to read, evaluate, and respond to writing critically. In Part One, the authors help students analyze genre, language, meaning, audience, purpose, evidence, structure, and other aspects of nonfiction, make inferences, and synthesize their thoughts and research. Practice in drafting, revising, editing, paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, and collaborating with others should give student responses lively, coherent, grammatical form. There are also detailed suggestions for avoiding plagiarism and citing sources.

Part Two, constituting the bulk of the book, breaks down the task of writing into ten methods: narration, description, example, comparison and contrast, process analysis, division, classification, cause and effect, definition, and persuasion. Student are guided though using these methods in a variety of appropriate contexts. After each sample reading, abundant questions for consideration, discussion, and writing are presented.

Part Three, entitled "Mixing the Methods," demonstrates to students how various authors have used more than one method in their essays. A thematic table of contents, a glossary of useful terms, and an index round out the book. As an English instructor of more than 30 years' experience, I recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2011
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it's a good book. a lot of stories, and a lot to learn. Easy to use and practical. Buying this book in amazon i save money, and it was in really good conditions ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2014
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I used this book for my English class and I really enjoyed it. It's very useful! I love the collection of works inside to represent each type of paper I was supposed to write. It's helpful and it helped me get an A on every paper I wrote.

Even though I'm renting it, I will consider buying it for future reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
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I love the wide variety of essays that were chosen for this publication. The questions are very thought-provoking, and the instructive chapters are easy to read and understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2012
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Needed this book for my communications class. Came in the next day (earlier than expected). Great quality, and some of the stories are actually pretty interesting
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on October 5, 2012
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This book has been very helpful to me this semester in college. It's alot like textbook I used in my ap lang class so it was very familiar to me. Worth the price.
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on February 26, 2013
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The Brief Bedford Reader is an excellent resource that is extremely helpful and practical to have. I received the textbook in perfect condition.
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on February 8, 2014
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These both look brand new!! So glad I didn't pay full price :) it's exactly what I wanted and hoped I got, I'm really happy with my purchase!
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on December 6, 2013
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Perfect! Just as I expected is what I got which was in perfect condition and the information to be helpful.
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on March 20, 2013
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Very happy to have this book. It meets all of my needs and helps me with all of my writing assignments.
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