Master your Minecraft

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    What I'm Giving | December 1, 2014

    Edward O. Wilson: IMG Edward O. Wilson: What I'm Giving

    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

Qualifying orders ship free.
List price: $44.40
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
8 Partner Warehouse General- General

More copies of this ISBN

America Now : Short Readings From Recent Periodicals (7TH 07 - Old Edition)


America Now : Short Readings From Recent Periodicals (7TH 07 - Old Edition) Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Please note that used books may not include additional media (study guides, CDs, DVDs, solutions manuals, etc.) as described in the publisher comments.

Publisher Comments:

A key challenge in the first-year composition course is to inspire students as readers and to spark the kind of thoughtful classroom discussion that leads to solid academic writing. As series editor of The Best American Essays Robert Atwan constantly scours a wide range of print and online periodicals, bringing to America Now an unrivaled awareness of the best writing on today's hottest issues. To make these issues especially relevant for students, Atwan also explores hundreds of campus newspapers on the Internet 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.

About the Author

ROBERT ATWAN is director of The Blue Hills Writing Institute at Curry College and the series editor of the annual Best American Essays, which he founded in 1985. His essays, reviews, and critical articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, River Teeth, and many other publications. For Bedford/St. Martin's, he has also edited Ten on Ten: Major Essayists on Recurring Themes (1992), Our Times (1998), and Convergences (2005). He has coedited (with Jon Roberts) Left, Right, and Center: Voices from Across the Political Spectrum (1996), and is coeditor with Donald McQuade of The Writer's Presence (2006).

Table of Contents

  Preface for Instructors

  Introduction: The Empowered Writer

    What is America Now?

    What Are Opinions?

    How Do We Form Opinions?

    Participating in Class Discussion: Six

    Basic Rules

    From Discussion to Writing

    The Practice of Writing

    What is "Correct English"?

    Writing as a Public Activity

    Expressing Opinions: Two Annotated

    Student Essays


          Darcy Richie, Calling for a New Dialogue on Rape

          Kevin Collins, Acknowledging Gray Area in Rape Dialogue


          Q&As with Darcy Richie and Kevin Collins


  1. Body Image: Is It A Serious Issue?

    Deborah Tannen, My Mother, My Hair[Los Angeles Times, Jan. 2006]

    Annie Bradford (student), Here's Looking at You [U Magazine, The University of Texas, Fall 2005]

    Camille Paglia, The Pitfalls of Plastic Surgery [Harper's Bazaar, May 2005]

    America Then: Charles Atlas Ad

    Art Carey, This Way Up: Men's Faces Go Under the Knife [Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 2006]


  2. Social Networking: How Is Facebook Changing Our Lives?

    Michael Bugeja (student), Facing the Facebook [The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2006]

    Angela Adair (student), Facebook Addiction Spreads [The Reflector, Mississippi State University, Jan. 2005]

    America Then: A 19th Century Personals Ad


  3. Cultural Identities: Can We Live Dual Lives?

    Jhumpa Lahiri, My Two Lives [Newsweek, Mar. 2006]

    Grace Hsiang (student, University of California, Irvine), FOBs vs. Twinkies [Pacific News Service, April 2005]

    (advertisment) American Indian College Fund, "If I stay on the Rez..."

    Isra Bhatty (student, University of Chicago), Reppin' Islam [Diskord/Campus Progress, May 2005]


  4. Can Genetics Explain Who We Are?

    James Shreeve, The Greatest Journey [National Geographic Magazine, Mar. 2006]

    Henry Louis Gates Jr., My Yiddish Mama [The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 2006]

    America Then: Roots

    Megan Rundle (student), Unearthing Family Roots [The Digital Collegian, Penn State, Dec. 2005]


  5. Gender Differences — How Real Are They?

    (cartoon) Jerry Scott/Jim Borgman, When Guys Hang Out [The Boston Globe, Jan. 2006]

    Marilyn vos Savant, Are Men Smarter than Women? [Parade Magazine, Jul. 2005]

    Steven Pinker, Sex Ed [The New Republic, Feb. 2005]

    Judith Kleinfield, What's Going On (Wrong) with Our Boys? [Open Spaces, Aug. 2006]

    Daphne LaBua (student), My Brain has a Sex? [The Tufts Daily, Tufts University, Oct. 2005]


  6. Do Words Matter?

    John Leo, Awash in Euphemisms [, Feb. 2006]

    Lucia Perillo, Definition of Terms [PMS, #5, 2005]

    William Safire, Changing Warming [The New York Times Magazine, Aug. 2005]

    Jaclyn Barbarow (student), Queering the Campus [The Emory Wheel, Emory University, Oct. 2005]

    Adam Jacot De Boinod, Global Wording [Smithsonian, Mar. 2006]


  7. Today's American

Product Details

Short Readings from Recent Periodicals
Atwan, Robert
Bedford/St. Martin's
English language
College readers
United States Civilization.
Report writing
Edition Description:
Seventh Edition
Publication Date:
How Is It Changing?<BR></B>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;<B>Charles McGrath</B>, <I>The Pleasures of the Tex</I>t (<I>The New York Times Magazine</I>, Jan. 2006] <BR>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;(sidebar) A Text Message Version of the Ten Commandments <BR>&#160
8.25 x 5.50 in

Other books you might like

  1. They Say/I Say: A Brief Guide to...
    Used Trade Paper $5.95
  2. How to Think Straight about Psychology Used Trade Paper $7.50
  3. Brown Girl, Brownstones Used Trade Paper $3.50
  4. Julian Norwich's a Revelation of Love Used Trade Paper $6.95
  5. Sewing for the Apparel Industry Used Trade Paper $25.00
  6. Clockwork Orange Used Mass Market $4.95

Related Subjects

America Now : Short Readings From Recent Periodicals (7TH 07 - Old Edition) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$31.00 In Stock
Product details 480 pages Bedford Books - English 9780312457099 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at