Second Nature

Second Nature

A Gardener's Education

Book - 1991
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One day, 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, of course, did not work. But neither did pesticides or firebombing the woodchuck burrow. So Pollan began to think about the troubled borders between nature and contemporary life. The result is a funny, profound, and beautifully written book which has become a classic 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, ©1991
Edition: 1st Grove Press ed
ISBN: 9780802140111
Branch Call Number: 635.9 Pollan
Characteristics: 258 pages ;,24 cm


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