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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $54.00
  • December 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-26411-1
  • 1200 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.


The Norton Reader

Fourteenth Edition

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Melissa Goldthwaite (General Editor, St. Joseph's University), Joseph Bizup (Editor, Boston University), John Brereton (Editor, University of Massachusetts, Boston), Anne Fernald (Editor, Fordham University), Linda Peterson (Editor, Late of Yale University)

 

The classic reader that has introduced millions of students to the essay as a genre.

The Norton Reader features the largest and most diverse collection of essays, from classic to contemporary—155 in the Full edition, 95 in the Shorter. With 60 new essays almost all written in the last decade, a new ebook option, and a unique companion website that makes the book searchable by theme, genre, rhetorical mode, author, keyword—and more, the Fourteenth Edition is ideal for today’s composition classes.

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New readings for today’s composition classroom

More than one-third of the readings are new to the Fourteenth Edition, and over 50 were written in the last decade. Two chapters from earlier editions—Journals and Album of Styles—have been replaced by chapters on topics that will engage students today: Food, Media and Technology, Sports, and Science. And new selections by authors such as Alison Bechdel, David Sedaris, Michael Lewis, Marion Nestle, Edwidge Danticat, and others are grouped under the themes and genres that have made The Norton Reader a classic composition text for decades. 

The most flexible and searchable composition reader

The Table of Contents now cross-lists readings, making it easy to locate all of the selections that address a particular theme and illustrate a specific genre. Additionally, the book’s indexes and unique website make the selections searchable by theme, genre, rhetorical mode—and more.  

A unique, newly designed companion website

Nortonreader.com allows students and instructors alike to sort and search for readings by theme, genre, rhetorical mode, author, year and type of publication, and keyword—or any combination. Students can find readings to use as sources for their own writing, while instructors can use the site to create and save syllabi. 

Additional support for academic writing

MLA Citations are provided at the end of each selection so students can easily document any essays they cite in their own writing. Moreover, study questions draw attention to the arguments and techniques of a given essay, prompting students to think critically—and write.  

    + New Readings
    * Appears in the Shorter edition. All readings are included in the Full edition.

    Personal Accounts

    *Joan Didion On Going Home
    Chang-Rae Lee Coming Home Again
    +Alison Bechdel from Fun Home
    +David Sedaris Loggerheads
    Zora Neale Hurston How It Feels to Be Colored Me
    *Maya Angelou Graduation
    *Lars Eighner On Dumpster Diving
    Nancy Mairs On Being a Cripple
    *Alice Walker Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self
    *Joey Franklin Working at Wendy’s

        See Also In Other Chapters
        *E.B. White Once More to the Lake
        *Henry Louis Gates Jr. In the Kitchen
        *Brent Staples Black Men and Public Space
        *JJ Goode Single-Handed Cooking
        +Julia Child Le Cordon Bleu
        *John McPhee Under the Snow
        *Sallie Tisdale We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse’s Story
        *Langston Hughes Salvation

    Profiles

    *Scott Russell Sanders Under the Influence
    *Annie Dillard from An American Childhood
    +David James Duncan The Mickey Mantle Koan
    Tom Wolfe Yeager
    +Virginia Woolf Ellen Terry
    *Toni Morrison Strangers
    *Judith Ortiz Cofer More Room
    N. Scott Momaday The Way to Rainy Mountain
    Jhumpa Lahiri Rhode Island
    *Ian Frazier Take the F
    *E.B. White Once More to the Lake

        See Also In Other Chapters
        James Baldwin Stranger in the Village
        +*Lad Tobin Here Everything Is Possible
        +Joe Posnanski Mariano Rivera’s a True Yankee
        +DeNeen Brown Six-Pack Abs at Age 74
        +*David Halberstam Jordan’s Moment
        *Jonathan Kozol Fremont High School
        +Frank Vogelstein And Then Steve Said, “Let There Be an iPhone”
        +David H. Freedman Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science
        +*Rebecca Skloot The Woman in the Photograph
        +*Barack Obama Eulogy for Clementa Pinckney

    Gender and Human Nature

    *Anna Quindlen Between the Sexes, a Great Divide
    Paul Theroux Being a Man
    +*Sojourner Truth Ain’t I a Woman?
    Amy Cunningham Why Women Smile
    +*Roxane Gay A Tale of Three Coming Out Stories
    +Gwendolyn Ann Smith We’re All Someone’s Freak
    *Henry Petroski, Falling Down Is Part of Growing Up
    *Elisabeth Kübler-Ross On the Fear of Death

        See Also In Other Chapters
        +Alison Bechdel from Fun Home
        *M.F.K. Fisher Young Hunger
        Adrienne Rich Taking Women Students Seriously
        *Terry Tempest Williams The Clan of One-Breasted Women
        +Thomas Goetz Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops
        *Elizabeth Cady Stanton Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
        +*Alan Lightman Our Place in the Universe: Face to Face with the Infinite
        *Virginia Woolf In Search of a Room of One’s Own
        *Plato The Allegory of the Cave

    Cultural Analysis

    +*Annie Leonard The Story of Bottled Water: A Footnoted and Annotated Script
    +*Tom Bissell Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter
    *Bill McKibben The Case for Single-Child Families
    Malcolm Gladwell Java Man
    *Jessica Mitford Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain
    *Henry Louis Gates Jr. In the Kitchen
    James Baldwin Stranger in the Village
    Patricia Williams The Death of the Profane: The Rhetoric of Race and Rights
    *Brent Staples Black Men and Public Space
    Debra Dickerson Who Shot Johnny?

        See Also In Other Chapters
        Jhumpa Lahiri Rhode Island
        *Ian Frazier Take the F
        +Franklin Foer How Soccer Explains the American Culture Wars
        +*Joyce Carol Oates Rape and the Boxing Ring
        *William Zinsser College Pressures
        *Mike Rose Blue-Collar Brilliance
        *Gloria Anzaldúa How to Tame a Wild Tongue
        +Jaswinder Bolina Writing Like a White Guy: On Language, Race, and Poetry
        *Nicholas Carr Is Google Making Us Stupid?
        *Peter Singer What Should a Billionaire Give—and What Should You?
        Susan Sontag A Century of Cinema

    Food

    +*Marion Nestle Utopian Dream: A New Farm Bill
    *JJ Goode Single-Handed Cooking
    *M.F.K. Fisher Young Hunger
    +*Lad Tobin Here Everything Is Possible
    +Julia Child Le Cordon Bleu
    +*Dan Barry Back When a Chocolate Puck Tasted, Guiltily, Like America
    +Teresa Lust The Same Old Stuffing
    +*Chris Wiewiora This Is Tossing

        See Also In Other Chapters
        Chang-Rae Lee Coming Home Again
        +*Dan Barber What Farm-to-Table Got Wrong
        Sandra Steingraber Tune of the Tuna Fish
        *Michael Pollan An Animal’s Place
        David Foster Wallace Consider the Lobster

    Sports

    +*Roger Angell The Interior Stadium
    +Joe Posnanski Mariano Rivera’s a True Yankee
    +DeNeen Brown Six-Pack Abs at Age 74
    +*Michael Lewis from The Blind Side
    +Franklin Foer How Soccer Explains the American Culture Wars
    +A. Bartlett Giamatti The Green Fields of the Mind
    +*David Halberstam Jordan’s Moment
    +*Maya Angelou Champion of the World
    +*Joyce Carol Oates Rape and the Boxing Ring

        See Also In Other Chapters
        +David James Duncan The Mickey Mantle Koan
        +*David Epstein Sports Should Be Child’s Play
        +*Gerald Graff Hidden Intellectualism

    Op-Eds

    *Anna Quindlen Stuff Is Not Salvation
    +*Tim Kreider The “Busy” Trap
    *Molly Ivins Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns
    Jo-Ann Pilardi The Immigration Problem Is about Us, Not Them
    Brent Staples Why Colleges Shower Their Students with A’s
    David Brooks The Gender Gap at School
    +*David Epstein Sports Should Be Child’s Play
    +*Jane McGonigal Be a Gamer, Save the World
    +*Dan Barber What Farm-to-Table Got Wrong

        See Also In Other Chapters
        *Anna Quindlen Between the Sexes, a Great Divide
       
    +Gwendolyn Ann Smith We’re All Someone’s Freak
        +*Marion Nestle Utopian Dream: A New Farm Bill
        +*Dan Barry Back When a Chocolate Puck Tasted, Guiltily, Like America
        *Caroline Bird College Is a Waste of Time and Money
        Gloria Naylor “Mommy, What Does ‘Nigger’ Mean?”
        William Cronon The Trouble with Wilderness

    Education

    *Frederick Douglass Learning to Read
    Eudora Welty Clamorous to Learn
    +*Lynda Barry The Sanctuary of School
    +*Gerald Graff Hidden Intellectualism
    *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

        See Also In Other Chapters
        Brent Staples Why Colleges Shower Their Students with A’s
        David Brooks The Gender Gap at School
        *Maxine Hong Kingston Tongue-Tied
        *Richard Rodriguez Aria
        *Benjamin Franklin Learning to Write
        +*Tasneem Raja Is Coding the New Literacy?
        Frances FitzGerald Rewriting American History
        *Eudora Welty One Writer’s Beginnings

    Language and Communication

    +Leslie Jamison Mark My Words. Maybe.
    *Maxine Hong Kingston Tongue-Tied
    *Richard Rodriguez Aria
    *Gloria Anzaldúa How To Tame a Wild Tongue
    Gloria Naylor “Mommy, What Does ‘Nigger’ Mean?”
    *Benjamin Franklin Learning to Write
    Joan Didion On Keeping a Notebook
    *Stephen King On Writing
    +Jaswinder Bolina Writing Like a White Guy: On Language, Race, and Poetry
    Garrison Keillor How to Write a Letter and Postcards
    *George Orwell Politics and the English Language

    See Also In Other Chapters
    *Toni Morrison Strangers
    Patricia Williams The Death of the Profane: The Rhetoric of Race and Rights
    +*Judith Newman To Siri, with Love: How One Boy with Autism Became BFF with Apple’s Siri
    +*Dennis Baron Facebook Multiplies Genders but Offers Users the Same Three Tired Pronouns
    +Jeffrey Owen Jones The Man Who Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance
    Northrop Frye The Motive for Metaphor
    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Decolonizing the Mind
    *Scott McCloud from Understanding Comics
    +*Christopher Hitchens When the King Saved God

    Nature and the Environment

    *John McPhee Under the Snow
    *Brian Doyle Joyas Voladoras
    John Muir A Wind-Storm in the Forests
    +Edward Abbey The Great American Desert
    *Chief Seattle Letter to President Pierce, 1855
    +Wallace Stegner Wilderness Letter
    William Cronon The Trouble with Wilderness
    Sandra Steingraber Tune of the Tuna Fish
    *Terry Tempest Williams The Clan of One-Breasted Women
    +Michelle Nijhuis Which Species Will Live?

        See Also In Other Chapters
        N. Scott Momaday The Way to Rainy Mountain
        *E.B. White Once More to the Lake
        +*Annie Leonard The Story of Bottled Water: A Footnoted and Annotated Script
        *Bill McKibben The Case for Single-Child Families
        +Edwidge Danticat Another Country
        +T. H. Huxley Goethe: Aphorisms on Nature
        *Henry David Thoreau Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
        *Annie Dillard Sight into Insight

    Media and Technology

    *Nicholas Carr Is Google Making Us Stupid?
    +*Eula Biss Time and Distance Overcome
    +Thomas Goetz Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops
    +*Tasneem Raja Is Coding the New Literacy?
    +Frank Vogelstein And Then Steve Said, “Let There Be an iPhone”
    +*Judith Newman To Siri, with Love: How One Boy with Autism Became BFF with Apple’s Siri
    +*Dennis Baron Facebook Multiplies Genders but Offers Users the Same Three Tired Pronouns

        See Also In Other Chapters
        +*Tom Bissell Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter
        +*Jane McGonigal Be a Gamer, Save the World
        Nora Ephron The Boston Photographs
        +*David Eagleman The Brain on Trial
        *Scott McCloud from Understanding Comics
        Susan Sontag A Century of Cinema
        +*Michael Hamad Song Schematics

    Ethics

    *Mark Twain Advice to Youth
    *Peter Singer What Should a Billionaire Give—and What Should You?
    *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
    *Sallie Tisdale We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse’s Story
    Nora Ephron The Boston Photographs
    Paul Fussell Thank God for the Atom Bomb
    +*David Eagleman The Brain on Trial

        See Also In Other Chapters
        +David Sedaris Loggerheads
        *George Orwell Shooting an Elephant
        *Jonathan Swift A Modest Proposal
        *Niccolò Machiavelli The Morals of the Prince
        +*Rebecca Skloot The Woman in the Photograph

    History and Politics

    *George Orwell Shooting an Elephant
    *Jonathan Swift A Modest Proposal
    *Niccolò Machiavelli The Morals of the Prince
    *Henry David Thoreau The Battle of the Ants
    *Thomas Jefferson and Others The Declaration of Independence
    +Edwidge Danticat Another Country
    *Elizabeth Cady Stanton Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
    Frances FitzGerald Rewriting American History
    +Jeffrey Owen Jones The Man Who Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance
    +Mark Bowden “Idiot,” “Yahoo,” “Original Gorilla”: How Lincoln Was Dissed in His Day
    *Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address
    *John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address
    Martin Luther King Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail

        See Also In Other Chapters
        Malcolm Gladwell Java Man
        *Molly Ivins Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns
        Jo-Ann Pilardi Immigration Problem Is about Us, Not Them
        *George Orwell Politics and the English Language
        +*Eula Biss Time and Distance Overcome
        Paul Fussell Thank God for the Atom Bomb
        +*Christopher Hitchens When the King Saved God

    Science

    +T. H. Huxley Goethe: Aphorisms on Nature
    +Isaac Asimov The Relativity of Wrong
    *Thomas S. Kuhn The Route to Normal Science
    +*Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow The (Elusive) Theory of Everything
    +*Stephen Jay Gould Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs
    +David H. Freedman Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science
    +*Rebecca Skloot The Woman in the Photograph
    +*Alan Lightman Our Place in the Universe: Face to Face with the Infinite

        See Also In Other Chapters
        Sandra Steingraber Tune of the Tuna Fish
        +Michelle Nijhuis Which Species Will Live?
        *Atul Gawande When Doctors Make Mistakes

    Literature and the Arts

    *Eudora Welty One Writer’s Beginnings
    *Vladimir Nabokov Good Readers and Good Writers
    Northrop Frye The Motive for Metaphor
    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Decolonizing the Mind
    *Virginia Woolf In Search of a Room of One’s Own
    *Michael Chabon Kids’ Stuff
    *Scott McCloud from Understanding Comics
    Susan Sontag A Century of Cinema
    +Philip Kennicott How to View Art: Be Dead Serious about It, but Don’t Expect Too Much
    Aaron Copland How We Listen
    +*Michael Hamad Song Schematics

        See Also In Other Chapters
        +Virginia Woolf Ellen Terry
        +*Lynda Barry The Sanctuary of School
        *Stephen King On Writing
        +T. H. Huxley Goethe: Aphorisms on Nature

    Philosophy and Religion

    *Langston Hughes Salvation
    +*Barack Obama Eulogy for Clementa Pinckney
    +*Christopher Hitchens When the King Saved God
    +Leon Wieseltier Ring the Bells
    *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

        See Also In Other Chapters
        *Judith Ortiz Cofer More Room
        Tom Regan The Case for Animal Rights
        *Michael Pollan An Animal’s Place
        +Isaac Asimov The Relativity of Wrong