Making Contact: Readings from Home and Abroad comprises seventy-two essays and stories surrounding familiar themes and representing more than thirty countries. The book's unique organization keeps the readings manageable and accessible while providing multiple cultural perspectives. Within each of the six thematic units, a dozen or so short epigraphs from writers inside and outside the United States introduce the theme. The full-length selections in each unit are then arranged into three categories: Mirrors, which present writing from this country; Windows, which explore global selections; and Spotlights, which examine selections from one of six world cultures--Mexico, Japan, Russia, the Islamic Middle East, Nigeria, and China. Making Contact retains the successful feature of its predecessor, Ourselves Among Others, while answering the requests of past users by providing more writing from the United States and by covering certain non-U.S. cultures in depth.
Susan gives an overview of the book:
What can I tell you? I am the product of a happy and relatively uneventful childhood in Cleveland, Ohio (back when the Indians were still a lousy team, and before they became a really good team and then again became a somewhat lousy team, although I have hope again...) This...