Second Nature is the story of one man's education in the garden. But this is much more than a book about gardening. Michael Pollan masterfully promotes the garden as the most appropriate site to rethink our relationship to nature and to begin to put it on a saner footing. One of the best reasons to garden today, Pollan believes, is to put yourself ...
Second Nature is the story of one man's education in the garden. But this is much more than a book about gardening. Michael Pollan masterfully promotes the garden as the most appropriate site to rethink our relationship to nature and to begin to put it on a saner footing. One of the best reasons to garden today, Pollan believes, is to put yourself on intimate terms with one samall corner of the universe.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-05-03 Despite some overheated prose, Pollan's 2003 book on his many years gardening proves to be an enjoyable and instructive listen. The account moves seamlessly from the humble and personal-the minor and major decisions Pollan must make for his garden each season-to a larger inquiry of gardening through historical, philosophical, environmental, and practical lenses. Pollan's soft and slightly nasal voice is rhythmic and engaging, but Scott Brick, who narrated The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, would have been a better choice. Pollan can't match Brick's ability to marshal information and move an audience, and this one consequently lacks the impact and nuance of his previous audiobooks. A Grove Press paperback. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-04-26 This isn't so much a how-to on gardening as a how-to on thinking about gardening. It follows the course of the natural year, from spring through winter, as Pollard, an editor at Harper's , chronicles his growth as a gardener in Connecticut's rocky Housatonic Valley. Starting out as a ``child of Thoreau,'' Pollard soon realized that society's concept of culture as the enemy of nature would get him a bumper crop of weeds and well-fed woodchucks but no vegetables to eat. Far more serviceable materially and philosophically, he now finds, is the metaphor of a garden, where nature and culture form a harmonious whole. Pollard finds ample time for musing on how his own tasks fit in with the overall scheme of existence; thus, there are chapters titled ``Compost and Its Moral Imperatives'' and ``The Idea of a Garden.'' Although serious in import, the writing is never ponderous; Pollard's wit flashes throughout, and particularly in anecdotes about his youth: one memorable incident has his father mowing his initials in the front yard after being reproached by a suburban neighbor about his overgrown lawn. (May)
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