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The Resource The botany of desire : a plant's-eye view of the world, Michael Pollan

The botany of desire : a plant's-eye view of the world, Michael Pollan

Label
The botany of desire : a plant's-eye view of the world
Title
The botany of desire
Title remainder
a plant's-eye view of the world
Statement of responsibility
Michael Pollan
Title variation
botany of desire
Title variation remainder
a plants eye view of the world
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author of Second nature uses botany to explore four basic human desires, sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control, through portraits of four plants that embody them, the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. Every school child 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. In The botany of desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. In telling the stories of four familiar species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. And just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants have done well by us. So who is really domesticating whom?
Summary
Focusing on the human relationship with plants, uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2001.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2001
  • YALSA Outstanding Book for the College Bound, 2009.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
156588
Cataloging source
IGP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pollan, Michael
Dewey number
306.45
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Human-plant relationships
  • Apples
  • Tulips
  • Cannabis
  • Marijuana
  • Potatoes
  • Apples
  • Cannabis
  • Human-plant relationships
  • Marijuana
  • Potatoes
  • Tulips
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a plant's eye view of the world
Label
The botany of desire : a plant's-eye view of the world, Michael Pollan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Desire : sweetness, plant : the apple (Malus domestica) -- Desire : beauty, plant : the tulip (Tulipa) -- Desire : intoxication, plant : marijuana (Cannabis sativa x indica) -- Desire : control, plant : the potato (Solanum tuberosum)
Control code
ocm49803415
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Random House trade pbk. ed.
Extent
xxv, 271 pages
Isbn
9780375760396
Lccn
00066479
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)49803415
Label
The botany of desire : a plant's-eye view of the world, Michael Pollan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Desire : sweetness, plant : the apple (Malus domestica) -- Desire : beauty, plant : the tulip (Tulipa) -- Desire : intoxication, plant : marijuana (Cannabis sativa x indica) -- Desire : control, plant : the potato (Solanum tuberosum)
Control code
ocm49803415
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Random House trade pbk. ed.
Extent
xxv, 271 pages
Isbn
9780375760396
Lccn
00066479
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)49803415

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