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America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals

by Robert Atwan

With more than 50 very brief readings -- all new to this edition -- from over 40 very recent periodicals and student newspapers on 12 topics of very current interest,America Nowreflects what students are talking and writing about right now. As series editor ofThe Best American Essays, Robert Atwan constantly scours a wide range of periodicals, bringing toAmerica Nowan unrivaled awareness of the best writing on today's hottest issues -- and the editorial support students need to approach it and to create solid academic writing of their own. To make these issues especially relevant for students, Atwan also explores hundreds of campus newspapers to find the best student writing on current topics. These models by their peers from across the country show students that they, too, can share ideas through their own discussion and writing.

America Now: Short Readings From Recent Periodicals, 11th Edition

by Robert Atwan

America Now makes it easy for you to get brief, accessible, and thought-provoking essays into your classroom, with trustworthy, reliable pedagogy and an expert reader's knowledge of what works in the classroom. As series editor for Best American Essays, Robert Atwan constantly scours a wide range of periodicals, bringing to America Now an unrivaled focus on the best writing of today. Instructors tell us that their students want to respond to the essays in the book, and they praise the high-quality reading and writing instruction, critical thinking and reading questions, and model student essays that help them do so. Every reading in America Now is new to this edition, making it truly a book for today's composition course. And now with the new edition, you can meet students where they are: online. To package LaunchPad Solo for Readers and Writers free with America Now, use 978-1-319-01552-7.

The Best American Essays 2000

by Alan Lightman Robert Atwan

These selected essays tackle an issue that is significant in the present. - How addicted are people to technology? Some essays are intimate. This collection celebrates the essays as an independent genre.

The Best American Essays 2008

by Robert Atwan Adam Gopnik

Edited by The New Yorker's much-loved Adam Gopnik, this year's Best American Essays continues the laudable tradition of collecting the finest essays, "judiciously selected from countless publications" (Chicago Tribune), ensuring that the 2008 edition is another "kick-ass anthology" (Booklist).Contributors include Albert Goldbarth, Anthony Lane, Louis Menand, Ander Monson, and others.

The Best American Essays 2011

by Edwidge Danticat Robert Atwan

The Best American Series®First, Best, and Best-SellingThe Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites . A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected--and most popular--of its kind. The Best American Essays 2011 includesHilton Als, Katy Butler, Toi Derricotte, Christopher Hitchens,Pico Iyer, Charlie LeDuff, Chang-Rae Lee, Lia Purpura, Zadie Smith,Reshma Memon Yaqub, and others

The Best American Essays 2011

by Edwidge Danticat Robert Atwan

The Best American Series®First, Best, and Best-SellingThe Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites . A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected--and most popular--of its kind. The Best American Essays 2011 includesHilton Als, Katy Butler, Toi Derricotte, Christopher Hitchens,Pico Iyer, Charlie LeDuff, Chang-Rae Lee, Lia Purpura, Zadie Smith,Reshma Memon Yaqub, and others

The Best American Essays 2012

by David Brooks Robert Atwan

The Best American Series®First, Best, and Best-SellingThe Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind.The Best American Essays 2012 includesMarcia Angell, Miah Arnold, Mark Doty, Joseph Epstein, Jonathan Franzen,Malcolm Gladwell, Francine Prose, Lauren Slater,Sandra Tsing Loh, Jose Antonio Vargas, and others

The Best American Essays 2013

by Cheryl Strayed Robert Atwan

Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, the New York Times best-selling author of Wild and the writer of the celebrated column "Dear Sugar," this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays.

The Best American Essays 2014

by Robert Atwan John Jeremiah Sullivan

"A creature from an alternative universe . . . wanting to understand what is on the American mind should rush to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of this distinguished anthology . . . Exhilarating." -- Publishers WeeklyThe Best American Essays 2014 is selected and introduced by John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of the critically acclaimed essay collection Pulphead. The New York Times placed Sullivan "among the best young nonfiction writers in English" and the New York Times Book Review heralded Pulphead as "the best, and most important, collection of magazine writing since Wallace's A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again."

The Best American Essays 2015

by Robert Atwan Ariel Levy

"Writing an essay is like catching a wave," posits guest editor Ariel Levy. "To catch a wave, you need skill and nerve, not just moving water." This year's writers are certainly full of nerve, and have crafted a wide range of pieces awash in a diversity of moods, voices, and stances. Leaving an abusive marriage, parting with a younger self, losing your sanity to Fitbit, and even saying goodbye to a beloved pair of pants imbued with meaning are all unified by the daring of their creation. As Levy notes, "Writing around an idea you think is worthwhile--an idea you suspect is an insight--requires real audacity." The Best American Essays 2015 includes Hilton Als, Roger Angell, Justin Cronin, Meghan Daum, Anthony Doerr, Margo Jefferson, David Sedaris, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Solnit and others ARIEL LEVY, guest editor, has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008. She received the National Magazine Award for essays and criticism for her piece "Thanksgiving in Mongolia," which she is expanding into a book for Random House. Female Chauvinist Pigs, Levy's first book, has been translated into seven languages. She teaches at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and at Wesleyan University. ROBERT ATWAN, the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986, has published on a wide variety of subjects, from American advertising and early photography to ancient divination and Shakespeare. His criticism, essays, humor, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous periodicals nationwide.

The Best American Essays of the Century

by Joyce Carol Oates Robert Atwan

This singular collection is nothing less than a political, spiritual, and intensely personal record of America's tumultuous modern age by our foremost critics, commentators, activists, and artists. In her introduction to this volume, Joyce Carol Oates describes her project as "a search for the expression of personal experience within the historical, the individual talent within the tradition." Along with Robert Atwan, who has overseen the acclaimed BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS series since its inception in 1986, Oates has chosen a list of works that are both intimate and important, essays that take on subjects of profound and universal significance while retaining the power and spirit of a personal address. This collection honors some of the twentieth century's best-known and best-loved writers on a breathtaking variety of topics.

The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings

by Donald Mcquade Robert Atwan

The readings in The Writer's Presence are selected exclusively for the quality of the writing. Editors Donald McQuade of the University of California, Berkeley, and Robert Atwan, Series Editor of The Best American Essays scoured hundreds of essays in search of teachable readings with strong voices and clear points of view. The result is a blend of classic pieces by favorites like James Baldwin, Annie Dillard, and Amy Tan; and fresh pieces by rising stars like Michael Pollan, Geeta Kothari, James McBride, and Daniel Harris. The voices in The Writer's Presence represent different communities, time periods, levels of difficulty, and fields of study, and the topics intersect in intriguing and nuanced ways, giving students the opportunity to think critically and develop their own voices. Organized by type of writing and with minimal apparatus, The Writer's Presence gives instructors unsurpassed teaching flexibility. With so many exceptional readings and so many ways to teach them, the possibilities are endless.

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