Posts in category essays

Essay Review: “Splitting Up” by Joseph Adelson

This essay was published in “The Blair Reader,” third edition, edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  The purpose of the Reader was to build critical reading skills among students, but those of us who are older still need the practice, so I’m writing this blog post to help both my reading and […]

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Essay Review: “The Sanctuary of School” by Lynda Barry

This essay was published in “The Blair Reader,” third edition, edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell in 1999.  The purpose of this anthology was to improve critical reading skills for students.  As an older adult, I find I need the same thing, except I don’t do homework.  Instead, I write this blog. […]

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Essay Review: “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self” by Alice Walker

This essay is taken from “The Blair Reader” published in 1999 and edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  The reader was designed to improve critical reading skills for students.  Although I consider myself a student, I no longer do homework. Alice Walker wrote this essay which documents several phrases of her life […]

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Essay Review: “The Perfect Family” by Alice Hoffman

Written by Alice Hoffman, this essay appears in “The Blair Reader,” which was published in 1999 and edited by Laurie G. Kiszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  This anthology of essays was created to help students develop critical reading skills and has homework assignments.  I still need to work on my reading skills, but I don’t […]

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Essay Review: “Stone Soup” by Barbara Kingsolver

I read this essay in “The Blair Reader” which was published in 1999 and edited by Laurie G. Kiszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  It was written by Barbara Kingsolver.  By the way, I don’t look at the homework assignments so don’t expect any answers. At the very end of the essay, the author explains the […]

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“The Way to Rainy Mountain” Essay review

Written by N. Scott Momaday, this essay is part of the collection in “The Blair Reader” published in 1999 and edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. The author discusses his grandmother and what the world was like when she was a child.  At the time, the Kiowa tribe was living its “last […]

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“No Name Woman” Essay review

This essay was written by Maxine Hong Kingston and published in 1999 in the “Blair Reader” edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  The essays in this book are designed to develop critical reading skills in students, but I find that I need the same help as an older adult.  I am old […]

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“My Father’s Life” Essay review

Raymond Carter wrote this essay about his father and it appeared in “The Blair Reader,” a collection of essays, which was published in 1999 and edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  This anthology was designed to improve the critical reading skills of students.  I’m no longer a student, just someone who wants to improve my […]

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“Once More to the Lake” Essay review

This essay was written by E.B. White and was published in the third edition in 1999 of the “Blair Reader” edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  The premise of this anthology is to develop critical reading skills in students.  I am not a student and do not intend to do the homework associated […]

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“One Last Time” Essay review

This essay was taken from a collection of essays in the “Blair Reader” edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell and published by Prentice-Hall, Inc.  I have the third edition which was published in 1999.  While these essays were chosen to help students develop their abilities as critical readers, I found them to be […]

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