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Second Nature by Michael Pollan
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May 18, 2011

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This is Pollan's first book & you can tell-- in a good way. Instead of being a thesis-driven, repetitive argument for a lifestyle we probably already agree with (In Defense of Food, Omnivore's Dilemma), Second Nature is much more of a pleasant exploration. He discusses his successes and follies in gardening fruits, veggies, flowers, trees, even plain old grass. He uses his own personal history and experience and supplements it with a bit of US/world history to explain what has shaped our attitudes toward gardens/yards/forests. One of the most interesting parts: the rose we know today is far simpler and uglier than the rose Shakespeare was talking about; heirloom or old roses are beautiful, have bountiful petals, and apparently smell very sensuous.

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