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Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell, authors with thirty years of experience teaching college writing, know what works in the classroom and have a knack for picking just the right readings. In Patterns for College Writing, they provide students with exemplary rhetorical models and instructors with class-tested selections that balance classic and contemporary essays. Along with more examples of student writing than any other reader, Patterns has the most comprehensive coverage of active reading, research, and the writing process, with a five-chapter mini-rhetoric; the clearest explanations of the patterns of development; the most thorough apparatus of any rhetorical reader; and the most comprehensive coverage of argumentative writing―all reasons why Patterns for College Writing is the best-selling reader in the country. And the new edition includes exciting new readings, images, and debate and casebook topics.

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  1. Snickers99

    Careful…Uses MLA 7th Edition (MLA is up to 8th edition) Well, I needed this book for my English 101 class. This is the exact book required. Problem is, it’s based on MLA 7th edition. MLA 8th edition came out in April 2016 and this book came out in 2015. The other book we’re using uses MLA 8th edition. Things were very confusing for me since one book said do a citation this way while the other said do it that way. Finally figured out why.Why the college is making us use books based on two different MLA editions, I don’t know. Just be…

  2. Anonymous

    If you’re buying this, it’s probably for a class, and I apologize.I too bought this for a class, and it’s actually a pretty good book. Not worth the price, but no college textbooks are. But anyways, there are lots of stories which deal with contemporary issues, and it’s all really modern (I was surprised to read a page talking about Obama, I guess I was used to outdated books which still listed Bush as president) and it’s a mix of classic literature (such as The Lottery) with modern…

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