- 80 engaging selections (25 new) by some of the best contemporary writers, including John Updike, Jamaica Kincaid, Henry Louis Gates, and Diane Ackerman, provide a rich blend of essays and short fiction, and offer a balance of personal and analytical writing. This edition now includes at least one academic or documented essay in every chapter to introduce students to the kind of writing they will encounter throughout their college careers.- Themes relevant to students' lives. A great strength of Life Studies has always been its ability to spark excellent writing by encouraging students to think freshly about topics they find personally relevant. Each of the tightly focused units addresses a different aspect of contemporary life, moving outward from images of ourselves, to our relationships with others, to dilemmas over moral issues that affect us all.- The finely honed editorial apparatus has been revised to offer more help to students as they move from personal to analytical writing.The well-crafted questions that follow each selection and the carefully refined writing assignments lead students to approach texts critically and consider the writer's methods and strategies. Insights (brief, provocative epigraphs and poems) begin each unit and provide additional discussion and writing opportunities -- Two Forums (multiple selections linked by questions and writing assignments) expose students to the give and take of academic debate.Cavitch, David is the author of 'Life Studies An Analytic Reader', published 2001 under ISBN 9780312258184 and ISBN 0312258186.