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The botany of desire : a plant's-eye view of the world / Michael Pollan.

Pollan, Michael (Author).

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Summary:

Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author of Second nature uses botany to explore four basic human desires, sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control, through portraits of four plants that embody them, the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. Every school child 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. In telling the stories of four familiar species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. And just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants have done well by us. So who is really domesticating whom?
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Sherman County Public/School Library 581.6 POL (Text) 33892004963725 NON-FICTION Book None 06/12/2008 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0375760393 :
  • ISBN: 9780375760396 :
  • Physical Description: xxv, 271 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: Random House trade paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, 2002.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-256) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Desire--sweetness, plant--the apple (Malus domestica) -- Desire--beauty, plant--the tulip (Tulipa) -- Desire--intoxication, plant--marijuana (Cannabis sativa x indica) -- Desire--control, plant--the potato (Solanum tuberosum).
Summary, etc.:
Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author of Second nature uses botany to explore four basic human desires, sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control, through portraits of four plants that embody them, the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. Every school child 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. In telling the stories of four familiar species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. And just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants have done well by us. So who is really domesticating whom?
Subject: Human-plant relationships
Apples
Tulips
Cannabis
Marijuana
Potatoes

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