The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World

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Pollan, Michael
Editorial: Random House (2001)
ISBN 10: 0375501290 ISBN 13: 9780375501296
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Descripción Random House, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0375501290

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Pollan, Michael
Editorial: Random House (2001)
ISBN 10: 0375501290 ISBN 13: 9780375501296
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Descripción Random House, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Gift quality, Fine. Clean, unmarked pages. Good binding and cover. xxv, 271 p. ; 25 cm. Hardcover and dust jacket. Summary: An Idaho farmer cultivates Russet Burbank potatoes so that a customer at a McDonald's half a world away can enjoy a long, golden French fry. A gardener plants tulip bulbs in the fall and, come spring, has a riotous patch of color to admire. Two straightforward examples of how humans act on nature to get what we want. Or are they? What if those potatoes and tulips have evolved to gratify certain human desires so that humans will help them multiply? What if, in other words, these plants are using us just as we use them? Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and in the process spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. What Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates in The Botany of Desire is that people and domesticated plant species have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship, a relationship that is just as common and essential to the way nature works. In this utterly original narrative that blends history, memoir, and the best science writing, Pollan tells the story of four domesticated species-the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato-from the point of view of the plants. All four species are deeply woven into the fabric of our everyday lives, and Pollan illustrates how each has evolved a survival strategy based on satisfying one of humankind's most basic desires. The apple gratifies our taste for sweetness; the tulip attracts us with its beauty; marijuana offers intoxication; and the genetically modified potato gives us a sense of control over nature. And just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand coevolutionary scheme that Pollan so brilliantly evokes, have done remarkably well by us. Take the apple, for example. In nineteenth-century America, frontier dwellers far from the trading posts of the East lacked a source of sweetness in their diet-and sugar with which to make alcohol. So when a man named John Chapman (a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed) floated down the Ohio River with bushels of apple seeds in his canoe, the settlers seized on the opportunity to grow the fruit on their new land. The pioneers' desire for sweetness was satisfied-and the apple was given a whole new continent on which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom? Weaving fascinating anecdote and accessible science in gorgeous prose, Pollan takes the reader on an absorbing journey through the landscape of botany and desire. It is a journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature. In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three & a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant-though this time the obsession revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip. How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they drive men to financial ruin? In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people & plants. In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings- & by doing so made themselves indispensable. For, just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand co-evolutionary scheme that Pollan evokes so brilliantly, have done well by us. The sweetness of apples, for example, induced the early Americans to spread the species, giving the tree a whole new continent in which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom? Weaving fascinating anecdotes & accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about o. Nº de ref. de la librería 81274114

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Pollan, Michael
Editorial: Random House (2001)
ISBN 10: 0375501290 ISBN 13: 9780375501296
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Descripción Random House, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110375501290

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Pollan, Michael
Editorial: Random House (2001)
ISBN 10: 0375501290 ISBN 13: 9780375501296
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Descripción Random House, 2001. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "I find this book to be inspirational curiosity and gentleness of spirit forming genius." Richard Ford "Michael Pollan is a sensualist and a wonderful, funny storyteller. He is so engaging that his profound environmental messages are effortlessly communicated. He makes you fall in love with Nature." Alice Waters "This book is as crisp as an October apple, as juicy as an August tomato, as long-awaited as the first flower of spring, Michael Pollan has conceived a new and powerful understanding of who we are, and how we stand in relation to everything elseand the stories he tells to prove the point make the world seem a richer place." Bill McKibben, author ofLong DistanceandThe End of Nature "No one else writes about the human environment quite like Michael Pollan: we can be grateful indeed that one of our wittiest writers about nature is also one of our wisest. InThe Botany of Desire, Pollan makes a persuasive case that the plants we might be tempted to see as having been most domesticated by humanity are in fact also those that have been most effective in domesticatingus. It is a stunning insight, and no one will come away from this book without having their ideas of nature stretched and challenged." William Cronon, editor ofUncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature "A fascinating and disturbing account of man's strange relationship with plants and plant science. Michael Pollan inspires one to rethink basic attitudes. Beautifully written, it is as compelling as a detective thriller." Penelope Hobhouse, author ofOn Gardening "Like Tracy Kidder, Michael Pollan is a writer to immerse in. He's informed and amusing, with a natural sort of voice that spools on inventively beyond expectations into a controlled but productive and intriguing obsessiveness (whether on Johnny Appleseed or marijuana). A fine book." Edward Hoagland, author ofCompass Points "Anyone who has ever made personal contact with an apple, spud, tulip, or marijuana bud should read this book and be astonished at the eternal tango of men and plants, choreographed with wit, daring, and humanity by this botanist of desire who knows equally the power of plants and of words." Betty Fussell, author ofMy Kitchen Wars "Not since Jonathan Weiner'sThe Beak of the Finchhave I been held so spellbound by a book. Using only four plants,The Botany of Desiresucceeds in illuminating the radiant force of evolution. Remarkable." Daniel J. Hinkley, author ofThe Explorer's Garden "It is a rare pleasure to read a book of ideas so graceful and witty that it makes you smileat times even laugh out loudwith delight as it challenges you to rethink important issues." Mark Kurlansky, author ofThe Basque History of the World. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_new_0375501290

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Pollan, Michael
Editorial: Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A. (2001)
ISBN 10: 0375501290 ISBN 13: 9780375501296
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Descripción Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 2001. Audio Book (Cassette). Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. RARE Advance Reader's Edition--Not for Sale. 1st Edition. New copy. Never read. Trade paperback format. Beautiful copy of book and cover. COLLECTOR'S COPY. Nº de ref. de la librería 000837

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Pollan, Michael
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Descripción Random House. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0375501290 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW4.0172670

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