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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Pollan Narrator: Michael Pollan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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Michael Pollan's unmatched ability to draw lines of connection between our everyday experiences - whether eating, gardening, or building - and the natural world has been the basis for the popular success of his many works of nonfiction, including the genre-defining best sellers The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and In Defense of Food. With this updated edition of his earlier book, A Place of My Own, listeners can revisit the inspired, intelligent, and often hilarious story of Pollan's realization of a room of his own - a small, wooden hut, his shelter for daydreams - built with his admittedly unhandy hands. Inspired by both Thoreau and Mr. Blandings, A Place of My Own not only works to convey the history and meaning of all human building, it also marks the connections between our bodies, our minds, and the natural world.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Farrell | 2/17/2014

    " Good, although dense and slow going at times. I would only recommend it to people already interested in building and 'architectural philosophy'. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lamar | 12/25/2013

    " I had to quit on this one. He got to the point where he was seeing how many words he could use to describe things. I was very disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 12/13/2013

    " At a time when many of us think that we're not capable of doing so much, Michael Pollan's account of his attempt to build a place of his own, is a great reminder that regardless of past experience, all we need to do is try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/13/2013

    " Another book that was hard to get into but read almost all of it this weekend. Lots of good reflection on how architecture relates to culture, good chicken and egg stuff here. I have wanted a place similar to the one that Pollan built many times, and this book is a great encouragement to continue to dream. Many of the issues that he brings up are an invitation to mindfulness in choosing how, where, and why we build and how that interacts with the natural world/creation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 11/17/2013

    " Pollan's book on the building of his writing cottage is a meditation on working with your hands, with a bit of history thrown in. In his usual style, he draws on a variety of cultural threads to discuss what it means to build and have your own place, how the building works emotionally and structurally, and what forces shaped our understandings of buildings in American today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beckydham | 11/15/2013

    " This is going to sound stupid, but I didn't actually know this was about building a house when I first picked it up! Interesting, but I think for me that was Pollan's thoughts and language at work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregj | 11/15/2013

    " Ostensibly, about the design and construction of a 13' x 8' "writing house" in the authors back yard, this books deals more with the author's need to find a balance in his life between a career stringing sentences together to producing a more tangible object. In this, the author's second book, he comes to terms with this neglected aspect of his life, and we come along for the ride. The book was actually very easy to read and had many entertaining moments, while still covering some complex topics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 11/7/2013

    " Good book, but tended to lose my interest when it got too philosophical... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 11/5/2013

    " Meditations on space and what it means, as well as a thoughtful memoir of building a space of one's own from the ground up. While less revolutionary than The Omnivore's Dilemma, in some ways I liked it more. Perhaps because it was reflective, not instructive, and therefore more insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Wilson | 10/19/2013

    " Pollan is way more famous writing about food. This is a good description of how to build something of your own. Felicitous writing. Nice relaxing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 9/10/2013

    " a little too cheesy at times for my taste... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nomegirl | 6/4/2013

    " It started out really well, spoke of things that i myself feel about "a place of my own" and then went down hill fast. couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/16/2013

    " Pleasant book following the author's experience in building a small building. Includes discussion of various architecture and building history and style...something I enjoyed due to my interest in architecture... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bray | 11/12/2012

    " Michael Pollan eloquently talking about another love of mine besides food - architecture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 11/11/2012

    " I love his approach to building in this book. Simple and true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ren | 9/24/2012

    " So far this is my favorite book by Michael Pollan. Although I dozed a bit through some of the details of his building, the theory and history of architecture were completely engaging. The dynamics between builder and architect were quite funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liam | 4/5/2012

    " One of Pollans earlier works. I really enjoy Pollan's ability to bring differing voices into the conversation; builder, architect, amature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 2/2/2012

    " I will be reading this again before too long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roslyn | 5/9/2011

    " Was really looking forward to reading this book as I am a huge Michael Pollan fan. But this book seems like a first novel. It reads more like someone's boring anxiety-filled journal than it does an essay on building that might possibly be useful or interesting to an outsider. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 3/14/2011

    " Pollan explores many ways of thinking about place and building, in the quest to build a writer's studio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 2/8/2011

    " I have to admit I've stalled on this book and have put it to 1 side to see if I can come back to it in a more understanding way.

    It can be very heavy going! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conrad | 1/17/2011

    " Listened to audio book. I enjoyed the very descriptive observations and connections Pollan made during his experience of building a small place for himself. His voice is also very conversational and easy to listen to. Could be boring for some, but not for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/7/2011

    " Written ten years before Pollan's breakthrough "Omnivore's Dilemma," this book does an amazing job of considering why we love what we do about our homes. An engrossing look at each element of a home, this book has me thinking about my own home in a whole new way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/3/2011

    " Good book, but tended to lose my interest when it got too philosophical... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/28/2010

    " Really enjoyed listening to this book. The parts where he really went on about architectural history and theory got a little dry at points, but overall, it was fun to hear his story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bernadette | 10/15/2010

    " Weird but I read it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 9/28/2010

    " Thanks, Pam, for recommending (and loaning) this book. Since building my own space is on my "bucket List," this book is of particular interest. It's well-written and offers up lots to ponder. I really enjoy the author's style; my husband isn't as wild about it. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is the author of Food RulesIn Defense of FoodThe Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he is the recipient of the James Beard Award and is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.