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The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
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Nov 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, nonfic-history, nonfic-issues
Read in October, 2008

A fascinating history of four human-cultivated plants -- the apple, the potato, the tulip, and the marijuana plant -- which have been bred over the centuries into forms very different from their natural ancestors. Pollan delves into the complex biological history of each plant and the equally complex social history surrounding it, and his own experiences with them, through the interesting question: do we use plants or do plants use us? Pollan is a good journalist and succeeds in making a topic outside my usual interests engaging.
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