Mike Rose I Just Wanna Be Average 50 Essays Portable Anthology

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Preface for Instructors

Alternate Tables of Contents
By Theme
*By Pairs and Casebooks
By Rhetorical Mode
By Purpose
By Chronological Order

Introduction for Students: Active Reading, Critical Thinking, and the Writing Process
*Sherman Alexie, The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me
Maya Angelou, Graduation
*Natalie Angier, Men, Women, Sex, and Darwin
Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue
Barbara Lazear Ascher, On Compassion
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
Dave Barry, Lost in the Kitchen
*Susan Bordo, Never Just Pictures
*Bill Bryson, How You Became You
William F. Buckley, Why Don't We Complain?
*Stephen L. Carter, The Insufficiency of Honesty
Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria
*Bernard Cooper, A Clack of Tiny Sparks: Remembrances of a Gay Boyhood
Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook
*Annie Dillard, Death of a Moth
Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write
*Barbara Ehrenreich, Serving in Florida
Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving
Stephanie Ericsson, The Ways We Lie
Stephen Jay Gould,Women's Brains
Vicki Hearne, What's Wrong with Animal Rights?
Langston Hughes, Salvation
Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman
Eric Liu, Notes of a Native Speaker
Nancy Mairs, On Being a Cripple
Malcolm X, Learning to Read
N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain
Bharati Mukherjee, Two Ways to Belong in America
George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant
*Plato, Crito
Richard Rodriguez, Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood
Mike Rose, ‘I Just Wanna Be Average'
*Edward Said, Clashing Civilizations?
Scott Russell Sanders, The Inheritance of Tools
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
*Peter Singer, Animal Liberation
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments
Brent Staples, Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space
Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
Sojourner Truth, Aren't I a Woman?
*Sarah Vowell, Shooting Dad
*Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self
E.B. White, Once More to the Lake
Marie Winn, Television: The Plug-In Drug
Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth

*Documentation Guide

Glossary of Writing Terms

Index of Authors and Titles


* new to the edition




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
American essays.
English essays.
College readers.

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