"This is a very solid reader as it has been around a long time and Trimmer and Hairston are professional teachers and writers. They obviously have kept living contact with the classroom as the book has both very update selections and incredible electronic online support and writing complements. Of all the readers out there, this is one of the best."
"A nice collection of interesting and diverse short stories that has themes that all of my students can relate."
"[THE RIVER READER] offers a wide breadth of materials in a convenient package that is small enough to carry around."
About the Author
Joseph F. Trimmer is the professor of English and director of The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State University. The author of numerous articles on literature, culture and literacy, Professor Trimmer's books include 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 RIVERSIDE READER 9th Edition (2008), and eFICTIONS (2002). Trimmer's A GUIDE TO MLA DOCUMENTATION, 9th Edition is a perennial bestseller and he has recently published A GUIDE TO APA DOCUMENTATION.