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A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams


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ISBN13: 9780143114741
ISBN10: 0143114743
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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 Pollans newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food experts culinary education 



The author of the acclaimed bestseller "Second Nature" turns his sharp insight to the craft of building, as he recounts the process of designing and constructing a small one-room structure on his rural Connecticut property.

About the Author

Michael Pollan is a professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, a contributing writer for The New York Times, and a bestselling author of witty, offbeat nonfiction that examines various aspects of the agricultural industry, the food chain, and man's place in the natural world.

Table of Contents

A Place of My Own Preface


Chapter 1: A Room of One's Own

Chapter 2: The Site

Chapter 3: On Paper

Chapter 4: Footings

Chapter 5: Framing

Chapter 6: The Roof

Chapter 7: Windows

Chapter 8: Finish Work



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SturkieTurkie , January 1, 2012 (view all comments by SturkieTurkie )
This book simply makes me want to build a place from my heart. I love seeing the plan unfold with all the little (or not so little) side roads the author and his architect take before they even get to preparing any earth or materials for the place of his own. My desire to read a book that I can put down and come back to continually without losing the sense of story makes this one of my favorite books of 2011.
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gdietz, January 27, 2009 (view all comments by gdietz)
I was a little disappointed because I expected more about enjoying the results of the construction of this cabin. This story stops at the point where the construction is complete. The book includes interesting history of architecture, architectural criticism, building materials and construction. Not what I was expecting, but a fun, interesting story. The author's website shows a few more pictures of the completed cabin.
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Pollan, Michael
Penguin Books
Individual Architect
Personal Memoirs
Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
Buildings - Residential
Individual Architects & Firms - General
Space and time
Huts -- Design and construction.
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Paperback / softback
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8.42x5.44x.78 in. .70 lbs.
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