A Place of My Own

The Architecture of Daydreams

By Michael Pollan
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143114741, 352pp.)

Publication Date: December 30, 2008

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, MP3 CD, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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Description

Michael Pollan's unmatched ability to draw lines of connection between our everyday experiences--whether eating, gardening, or building--and the natural world has been the basis for the popular success of his many works of nonfiction, including the genre-defining bestsellers The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. With this updated edition of his earlier book A Place of My Own, readers can revisit the inspired, intelligent, and often hilarious story of Pollan's realization of a room of his own--a small, wooden hut, his "shelter for daydreams"--built with his admittedly unhandy hands. Inspired by both Thoreau and Mr. Blandings, A Place of My Own not only works to convey the history and meaning of all human building, it also marks the connections between our bodies, our minds, and the natural world.

Coming from The Penguin Press in 2013, Michael Pollan’s newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert’s culinary education 
 




About the Author

Michael Pollan is the author of five books: Second Nature, A Place of My Own, The Botany of Desire, which received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best nonfiction work of 2001 and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon, and the national bestellers, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and In Defense of Food.

A longtime contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. His writing on food and agriculture has won numerous awards, including the Reuters/World Conservation Union Global Award in Environmental Journalism, the James Beard Award, and the Genesis Award from the American Humane Association.




Praise For A Place of My Own

"A glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace."
-Chicago Tribune

"A captivating and informative adventure."
-John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

"An utterly terrific book . . . an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body, and the human spirit."
-Francine du Plessix Gray

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