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The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
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Jun 29, 2007

really liked it
Read in July, 2007

I found this book very interesting. I don't normally like reading nonfiction, but The Botany of Desire blends history, memoir, and science with an easy conversational tone. I never felt like I was being talked down to (my complaint for other popular science/nonfiction books); instead, it was as though author Michael Pollan had sat down to talk with me and had really cool things to say. The book associates four plants with their abilities to satisfy human desires and impulses -- the apple with sweetness, the tulip with beauty, marijuana with intoxication, and the potato with control. The Botany of Desire is well worth the time to read and particularly good for summer reading, because each chapter stands alone, making it easy to put it down and then pick it back up again.
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