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Second Nature

Michael, Pollan

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ISBN 10: 0871134438 / ISBN 13: 9780871134431
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1991
Condition: Good Hardcover
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258 pages. Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Also includes note signed and inscribed by the author. Bind stamp on cover. Foxing to edges and dust jacket. Cover slightly warped, otherwise clean, tight copy. Record # 468370. Bookseller Inventory # 468370

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Title: Second Nature

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In his articles and in best-selling books such as The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan has established himself as one of our most important and beloved writers on modern man’s place in the natural world. A new literary classic, Second Nature has become a manifesto not just for gardeners but for environmentalists everywhere. As delicious a meditation on one man’s relationships with the Earth as any you are likely to come upon” (The New York Times Book Review), Second Nature captures the rhythms of our everyday engagement with the outdoors in all its glory and exasperation. With chapters ranging from a reconsideration of the Great American Lawn, a dispatch from one man’s war with a woodchuck, to an essay about the sexual politics of roses, Pollan has created a passionate and eloquent argument for reconceiving our relationship with nature.

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Eight years ago, Harper's Magazine editor Michael Pollan bought an old Connecticut dairy farm. He planted a garden and attempted to follow Thoreau's example: do not impose your will upon the wilderness, the woodchucks, or the weeds. That ethic did not, of course, work. But neither did pesticides or firebombing the woodchuck burrow. So Michael Pollan began to think about the troubled borders between nature and contemporary life.

The result is a funny, profound, and beautifully written book in the finest tradition of American nature writing. It inspires thoughts on the war of the roses; sex and class conflict in the garden; virtuous composting; the American lawn; seed catalogs, and the politics of planting a tree. A blend of meditation, autobiography, and social history, Second Nature is ultimately a modern Walden: a true classic for our time.

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