"The Brief Arlington Reader includes 73 essays in 9 thematic chapters on such subjects as Writing and Speaking; Identities; Places; Education; History; Society and Politics; Scientific Discovery; Ethics; and Work, Play, and Creativity. Lynn Bloom's research into the essay canon has identified not only the most enduringly popular essays but also the qualities that make them enduringly popular. Therefore, in addition to offering familiar selections that have long proven themselves in the classroom, such as George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant," "The Brief Arlington Reader includes an extensive selection of essays that have recently approached canonical status, such as Terry Tempest Williams's "The Clan of One-Breasted Women," as well as an abundance of new selections that exhibit qualities likely to render them canonical in the future, such as Eric Liu's "Notes of a Native Speaker." "The Brief Arlington Reader also offers contextual materials for all of the canonical essays that start each chapter; innovative "Dialogues" sections, with brief excerpts in a particular genre; and 20 black-and-white photographs with questions to help students learn to analyze images. Thorough apparatus includes a unique two-part introduction, headnotes, and reading and discussion questions for each of the essays--all designed to move students from critical reading to thoughtful writing and revising. An instructor's manual and a Web site with research links at bedfordstmartins.com/arlington offer additional resources.Bloom, Lynn Z. is the author of 'Brief Arlington Reader Canons and Contexts', published 2004 under ISBN 9780312415532 and ISBN 0312415532.