- 70 readings in many genres by writers with many different perspectives. Essays, letters, poems, college mission statements, even housekeeping advice from writers like Mary Shelley, bell hooks, James Q. Wilson, and Martha Stewart give students a lot to think about -- and respond to.- The only composition reader that highlights the editors' own viewpoints. One reading in each chapter is annotated by Lunsford and Ruszkiewicz (who usually see it from different perspectives) as well as one or more students -- demonstrating what it is to read with a critical eye. Each author also reveals a distinct point of view in signed head-notes and autobiographical sketches.- Attention to visual texts includes a chapter of readings about images, a gallery of color images that call for response, and discussion of how to "read" images critically and use them in writing. The 40 images in the book include photographs, Web sites, advertisements, magazine covers, and cartoons.Andrea A. Lunsford is the author of 'Presence of Others 3e', published 1999 under ISBN 9780312201722 and ISBN 0312201729.