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A portable and diverse collection of great essays that won’t break the bank.
This short and sweet essay collection will provide interesting and thought-provoking reading material for the whole semester. 50 Essays is a diverse collection that covers a broad range of topics, time periods, and themes. Accompanying material such as the sentence and documentation guides will help you develop writing skills in your English class and beyond.
Table of Contents
Preface for Instructors
Alternative Tables of Contents
By Rhetorical Mode
By Clusters and Paired Readings
By Chronological Order
By Lexile Level
MLA Documentation Guide
Introduction for Students: Active Reading, Critical Thinking, and the Writing Process
*Maya Angelou, Graduation
Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue
Barbara Lazear Ascher, On Compassion
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
William F. Buckley, jr., Why Don’t We Complain?
*Danny Chau, The Burning Desire for Hot Chicken
*Sandra Cisneros, Only Daughter
*Eli Claire, Clearcut: Explaining the Distance
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Paranoid Style of American Policing
Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named María
Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook
Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write
Barbara Ehrenreich, Serving in Florida
Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving
Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie
Jen Gann, Wrongful Birth
Malcolm Gladwell, Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted
*Jonathan Gold, What Is a Burrito? A Primer
*Rahawa Haile, Going It Alone
*Jenine Holmes, When Pink Ballet Slippers Won’t Do
Langston Hughes, Salvation
Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Jamaica Kincaid, The Ugly Tourist
Stephen King, Reading to Write
Verlyn Klinkenborg, Our Vanishing Night
Audre Lorde, The Fourth of July
Nancy Mairs, On Being a Cripple
*Matthew J. X. Malady, The Ghosts in Our Machines
Bharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong in America
*Tommy Orange, Indian Heads
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
Plato, The Allegory of the Cave
Mike Rose, “I Just Wanna Be Average”
*Carl Sagan, Does Truth Matter?
*Maria Michela Sassi, The Sea Was Never Blue
*David Sedaris, I Like Guys
Brent Staples, Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space
*Gloria Steinem, Sex, Lies & Advertisting
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
henry david thoreau, Civil Disobedience
*Calvin Trillin, Last Days of the Rickshaw
*Mark Twain, The Lowest Animal
*Ai Weiwei, The refugee crisis isn’t about refugees. It’s about us.
E.B.White, Once More to the Lake
*Walt Whitman, Slang in America
Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women
*Hanya Yanigahara, A Pet Tortoise Who Will Outlive Us All
Dave Zirin, Pre-Game
Glossary of Writing Terms
Index of Authors and Titles