Synopses & Reviews
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
"A glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace."
"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
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