Thirteenth Edition
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The Norton Reader

An Anthology of Nonfiction


    • *Appears in the full edition only.
    • Titles in bold are new to the Thirteenth Edition

    Personal Accounts

    • Joan Didion, On Going Home
    • *Chang-Rae Lee, Coming Home Again
    • *Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
    • Maya Angelou, Graduation
    • *Joey Franklin, Working at Wendy’s
    • Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving
    • *Alberto Alvaro Ríos, Green Cards
    • *J. J. Goode, Single-Handed Cooking
    • Nancy Mairs, On Being a Cripple
    • Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self
    • Anne Fadiman, Night Owl
    • Jennifer Sinor, Confluences
    • E. B. White, Once More to the Lake


    • *Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook
    • *Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Journals
    • *Henry David Thoreau, from Journal
    • *Sylvia Plath, from The Journal of Sylvia Plath
    • *Colby Buzzell, Killing Time in Iraq

    Portraits of People and Places

    • Scott Russell, Under the Influence
    • Annie Dillard, from An American Childhood
    • *Judith Ortiz Cofer, More Room
    • N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain
    • *Tom Wolfe, Yeager
    • Toni Morrison, Strangers
    • *Jamaica Kincaid, Sowers and Reapers
    • Jhumpa Lahiri, Rhode Island
    • Ian Frazier, Take the F
    • David Guterson, Enclosed, Enclopedic, Endured: The Mall of America

    Human Nature

    • Anna Quindlen, Between the Sexes, a Great Divide
    • *Paul Theroux, Being a Man
    • Scott Russell Sanders, Looking at Women
    • *Amy Cunningham, Why Women Smile
    • Andrew Sullivan, What Is a Homosexual?
    • Henry Petroski, Falling Down Is Part of Growing Up
    • *M. F. K. Fisher, Young Hunger
    • Jane Smiley, Belly, Dancing, Belly, Aching, Belly, Beasts
    • *Gloria Steinem, The Good News Is: These Are Not the Best Years of Your Life
    • Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, On the Fear of Death

    Cultural Analysis

    • Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid?
    • *Anthony Burgess, Is America Falling Apart?
    • *Adam Goodheart, 9.11.01: The Skyscraper and the Airplane
    • *Malcolm Gladwell, Java Man
    • Jessica Mitford, Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain
    • Henry Louis Gates, Jr., In the Kitchen
    • *Charles Lamb, Dissertation upon a Roast Pig
    • Nicholas D. Kristof, Saudis in Bikinis
    • *Roland Barthes, Toys
    • Fred Strebeigh, The Wheels of Freedom: Bicycles in China
    • *Betty Rollin, Motherhood: Who Needs It?
    • *Bill McKibben, The Case for Single-Child Families
    • *James Baldwin, Stranger in the Village
    • Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space
    • *Debra Dickerson, Who Shot Johnny?

    Op-Eds and Public Arguments

    • Anna Quindlen, Stuff Is Not Salvation
    • Molly Ivins, Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns
    • *Jo-Ann Pilardi, The Immigration Problem Is about Us, Not Them
    • *Thomas Friedman, America’s Real Dream Team
    • Brent Staples, Why Colleges Shower Their Students with A’s
    • *Barbara Ehrenreich, Guys Just Want to Have Fun
    • *David Brooks, The Gender Gap at School
    • *Henry Wechsler, et al., Too Many Colleges Are Still in Denial about Alcohol Abuse
    • *Jack Hitt, The Battle of the Binge
    • *Kenneth Bruffee, Binge Drinking as a Substitute for a “Community of Learning”


    • Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read
    • *Eudora Welty, Clamorous to Learn
    • *Sherman Alexie, Superman and Me
    • John Holt, How Teachers Make Children Hate Reading
    • Jonathan Kozol, Fremont High School
    • Caroline Bird, College Is a Waste of Time and Money
    • William Zinsser, College Pressures
    • *Adrienne Rich, Taking Women Students Seriously
    • Mike Rose, Blue-Collar Brilliance

    Language and Communication

    • Maxine Hong Kingston, Tongue-Tied
    • Richard Rodriguez, Aria
    • *Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue
    • Gloria Naylor, “Mommy, What Does ‘Nigger’ Mean?”
    • *Patricia Williams, The Death of the Profane: The Rhetoric of Race and Rights
    • John Hamilton McWhorter, The Cosmopolitan Tongue
    • *Dennis Baron, Who Owns Global English?
    • *Benjamin Franklin, Learning to Write
    • Stephen King, On Writing
    • Garrison Keillor, How to Write a Letter and Postcards
    • *Lewis Thomas, Notes on Punctuation
    • *Rebecca Solnit, Locked Horns
    • *Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, “Language Rules”: Witnessing Trauma in South Africa
    • George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

    An Album of Styles

    • Francis Bacon, Of Youth and Age
    • *Ben Jonson, To Write Well
    • John Donne, No Man Is an Island
    • Samuel Johnson, Against Wicked Characters
    • Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    • *Benjamin Franklin, from Poor Richard’s Almanack
    • *William Blake, Proverbs of Hell
    • Ambrose Bierce, from The Devil’s Dictionary
    • Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
    • Ernest Hemingway, from A Farewell to Arms
    • Martin Luther King Jr., from I Have a Dream
    • Joan Didion, from On Going Home
    • *Tom Wolfe, from Yeager
    • John McPhee, from Under the Snow
    • *GloriaAnzaldúa, from How to Tame a Wild Tongue
    • *Jamaica Kincaid, from Sowers and Reapers
    • Molly Ivins, from Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns
    • Ian Frazier, from Take the F
    • H. Bruce Franklin, from From Realism to Virtual Reality: Images of America’s Wars
    • *Bill McKibben, from The Case for Single-Child Families

    Nature and the Environment

    • Edward Abbey, The Serpents of Paradise
    • Brian Doyle, Joyas Voladoras
    • John McPhee, Under the Snow
    • *Peter Mattheissen, from Tigers in the Snow
    • *Rachel Carson, Tides
    • *John Muir, A Wind-Storm in the Forests
    • Chief Seattle, Letter to President Pierce, 1855
    • *William Cronon, The Trouble with Wilderness
    • *Mary Oliver, Waste Land: An Elegy
    • *Sandra Steingraber, Tune of the Tuna Fish
    • Terry Tempest Williams, The Clan of One-Breasted Women


    • Mark Twain, Advice to Youth
    • Steven Pinker, The Moral Instinct
    • Jonathan Rauch, In Defense of Prejudice
    • Peter Singer, What Should a Billionaire Give?
    • Atul Gawande, When Doctors Make Mistakes
    • *Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights
    • Michael Pollan, An Animal’s Place
    • *David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster
    • Michael Levin, The Case for Torture
    • Sallie Tisdale, We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse’s Story
    • *Nora Ephron, The Boston Photographs
    • *Michael Dirda, In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World
    • *Paul Fussell, Thank God for the Atom Bomb


    • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, The Slogan:Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History”
    • Barbara Tuchman, “This Is the End of the World”: The Black Death
    • *Philip Alcabes, The Bioterrorism Scare: A Historical Perspective
    • Walt Whitman, The Death of Lincoln
    • *James McPherson, How Lincoln Won the War with Metaphors
    • Hannah Arendt, Deportations from Western Europe
    • Alberto Manguel, The Library as Survival
    • *Philip Gourevitch, After the Genocide
    • Henry David Thoreau, The Battle of the Ants
    • H. Bruce Franklin, from From Realism to Virtual Reality: Images of America’s Wars
    • *Frances Fitzgerald, Rewriting American History

    Politics and Government

    • George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
    • Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
    • Niccolo Machiavelli, The Morals of the Prince
    • Thomas Jefferson and Others, The Declaration of Independence
      • *Original Draft of the Declarationof Independence
    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
    • Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
    • John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address
    • Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
    • *Randall Balmer, Diversity and Stability
    • *Stephen Carter, The Separation of Church and State

    Spoken Words

    • *Martin Luther King Jr., from I Have A Dream
    • *Eleanor Roosevelt, On the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    • Al Gore, The Climate Emergency
    • *William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Award Speech
    • *Barack Obama, The President’s Speech in Cairo: A New Beginning

    Science and Technology

    • Jacob Bronowski, The Nature of Scientific Reasoning
    • Isaac Asimov, The Eureka Phenomenon
    • *Thomas Kuhn, The Route to Normal Science
    • Stephen Hawking, Is Everything Determined?
    • Nicholson Baker, The Charms of Wikipedia
    • *Henry Wechsler, Andrea Davenport, George Dowdall, Barbara Moeykens, and Sonia Castillo, Health and Behavioral Consequences of Binge Drinking: A National Survey of Students at 140 Campuses
    • *Melvin Konner, Why the Reckless Survive
    • Edward O. Wilson, Intelligent Evolution
    • Stephen Jay Gould, Darwin’s Middle Road

    Literature, The Arts, and Media

    • Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings
    • Vladimir Nabokov, Good Readers and Good Writers
    • *Allegra Goodman, Pemberley Previsited
    • *Northrop Frye, The Motive for Metaphor
    • *Mark Doty, Souls on Ice
    • *Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Decolonizing the Mind
    • Virginia Woolf, In Search of a Room of One’s Own
    • Michael Chabon, Kids’ Stuff
    • Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics
    • *Susan Sontag, A Century of Cinema
    • *Susan Allen Toth, Going to the Movies
    • Aaron Copland, How We Listen
    • Gene Weingarten, Pearls Before Breakfast

    Philosophy and Religion

    • Langston Hughes, Salvation
    • *Rita Dove, The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians
    • *James Van Tholen, Surprised by Death
    • *Stephen Weinberg, Without God
    • Reg Saner, My Fall into Knowledge
    • Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
    • Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth
    • Annie Dillard, Sight into Insight
    • Plato, The Allegory of the Cave
    • *Jesus, Parables of the Kingdom
    • Zen Parables, Muddy Road, a Parable, Learning to be Silent
    • Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism