The Questioning Reader is an innovative, thematic anthology that asserts the primacy of questioning and inquiry as strategies for gaining knowledge. Because the vital give-and-take of conversation between a writer and a questioning reader lives in every good piece of writing, questioning infuses this reader's organization and pedagogy. Each thematic chapter title fixes an essential question for today's world. An introductory chapter, "Reading, Writing, and the Inquiring Mind," guides students through the reading and writing process and lays out questioning strategies as the source for understanding a text and composing one. Also, penetrating pre- and post-reading questions with each selection challenge students and promote critical thinking, reading, and writing. For those interested in expanding their reading abilities.
Nora Eisenberg holds a PhD from Columbia University and currently directs the City University of New York's Faculty Publication Program. She is the author of two novels, The War at Home and Just the Way You Want Me. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Village, Partisan, Tikkun, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
Harvey S. Wiener is currently affiliated with Marymount Manhattan College after serving as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Adelphi University. Previously University Dean for Academic Affairs, the City University of New York, he was founding president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Dr. Wiener is the author of many books on reading and writing for college students and their teachers, including The Writing Room (Oxford, 1981). He is co-author of The McGraw-Hill College Handbook, a reference grammar and rhetoric text. Dr. Wiener has chaired the Teaching of Writing Division of the Modern Language Association (1987). He has taught writing at every level of education from elementary school to graduate school. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brooklyn College, he holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature. Dr. Wiener has won grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and the Exxon Education Foundation.