The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

by Michael Pollan | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0375760393 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingwaterfallingwing of Raleigh, North Carolina USA on 6/19/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingwaterfallingwing from Raleigh, North Carolina USA on Thursday, June 19, 2008
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Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires - sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control - with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. And just as we've benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?

Journal Entry 2 by wingwaterfallingwing from Raleigh, North Carolina USA on Monday, May 25, 2009
I enjoyed the history of these plants, the telling of the back story - John Chapman, tulipomania, the potato famine.

Journal Entry 3 by wingwaterfallingwing at Raleigh, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Journal Entry 4 by electricradish from Reno, Nevada USA on Monday, September 28, 2009
Received as a surprise RABCK in a Book Box! Thank you so much!!! I can't wait to read it!

Journal Entry 5 by electricradish from Reno, Nevada USA on Thursday, November 05, 2009
This was a fabulous and engrossing book. My reading also happened to happily correspond to the airing of the PBS made documentary made from the book- which was also very interesting.

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