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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,834 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Pollan Narrator: Michael Pollan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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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.

Chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 75 greatest books ever written about gardening, 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 2/13/2014

    " What I learned from this book is that it's possible to find gardening interesting, to fantasize about gardening, and yet not actually be a gardener. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/11/2014

    " An enjoyable book that believes roughly the same things I believe about the relationship between humanity, culture, and nature. In brief, nature, as a wilderness, is a non-existent entity. We, humankind and nature, are inexorably linked. Our goal should not be to stay out of each others' ways, but to cultivate a healthy coexistence. It's not spectacular, but reasonably thought provoking and sufficiently interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed Pollen's storytelling in this book. At times, it got boring, and at times, pretty self-absorbed (and pretty while male-absorbed). But there was something I liked from each chapter. And I'm sold on his general theme of using "gardening" as a more appropriate metaphor for humans' relationship to nature (and to each other) - well argued. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 2/3/2014

    " Extremely thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/27/2014

    " If I can't garden, I might as well read about gardening. Pollan's ideas about gardening, and our relationship with nature gave me a new perspective on environmentalism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 brynnelda dahling | 1/25/2014

    " Snore. If you are an avid gardener you may like this, but for the novice like me it's easy to really zone out sometimes listening to it on mp3. He gets a little too philosophical/romantic about things that I really don't find entire-chapter-worthy. There were tidbits of worthy information I gleaned but not enough to justify working through the entire text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/21/2014

    " I love the narrative of then and now gardening and I learned why it is cultivating when you are weeding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 1/20/2014

    " Great book even if you don't garden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 1/19/2014

    " A gorgeous collection of essays about gardening, nature, and how humans interact with the landscape around them. Pollan is such a beautiful writer -- and surprisingly funny too. A read that inspires me to plant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hillary | 1/11/2014

    " I really loved this book, the way you love really famous rock stars' early stuff, and feel like their new stuff is watered down and sold out. After I finished, and moved on to other lunchtime reading, I realized I missed reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie Honan | 1/5/2014

    " like so much garden writing, far too heavy on the use of metaphor, but ideas are interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cari | 12/25/2013

    " The first half of this book is fantastic. In the second half, he gets inexplicably--excuse the pun--flowery. Took me two days to read the first half and three weeks to finish it up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith | 12/15/2013

    " As with all of Michael Pollan's books I would highly recommend this!! It was my first nonfiction read (it wasn't available on audio) and I LOVED it!! He gives you some great things to consider such as what role humans should play in nature as well as some fun insights into his growth as a gardener. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Kimball | 12/10/2013

    " Eh. I think he over simplifies ecology in this book. I should read more of him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni Burgess | 5/19/2013

    " Funny, rueful, thought provoking. A great read for every gardener new or established. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 11/9/2012

    " One of my all-time favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna George | 7/21/2012

    " While I don't always agree with how he treats nature vs. garden, he is very thought-provoking about it. Made me want to spend more time in my garden, which is always a good thing in a garden book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 7/19/2012

    " Pollan's upper class childhood in Long Island didn't resonate with me. I would have like to read more about the ecology of the neighborhood that he lived in-not how he used to fight with his grandfather and father about gardening "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Maier | 7/17/2012

    " This is early Michael Pollan, when he was a struggling back yard gardener, and before he was a commentator on the industrialization of America's agricultural industries. I'd read his newer books first for a more enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 7/2/2012

    " I just couldn't get into this. Maybe it was just me at the time. I will ry it again later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 5/24/2012

    " This was a really interesting book about the American relationship with the yard & the lawn & the garden. He is a very good writer, very personable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa Ryker | 4/6/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't surprised because I have enjoyed all of the books that I have ready by Michael Pollan, but this one was particularly apt since I read it while I was planting and caring for my first garden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 3/14/2012

    " This is a very nice consideration of man's relationship with plants, both wild and domesticated. His relationship with his own garden is that of a man who can afford to pay other people to do the heavy lifting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Albert Yee | 12/11/2011

    " This is definitely a more raw example of Pollan's writing. Not as easy to read and polished as his later novels, but interesting nevertheless. This book discusses the growing of food - the successes and the failures - rather than the politics of food which he discusses in his later novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 4/7/2011

    " Excellent philosophy of gardening and relationships to the natural world. Worth looking at the sites of the catalogues in chapter 11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juli | 3/31/2011

    " Interesting read on the history of gardening and the author's personal gardening journey. Now I'm in the mood to get busy on my garden, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teeni | 2/20/2011

    " Interesting but not captivating. Pollan has come a long way ad a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 2/17/2011

    " Interesting, but only a hint of his better works later. Some sections were really enlightening and thought-provoking. Others, eh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/23/2011

    " I love the narrative of then and now gardening and I learned why it is cultivating when you are weeding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/10/2011

    " A great book. It's a little bit history, little bit philosphy, and a lot of facts and musings about gardens and their place in nature. I had a hard time deciding whether to give it a 4 or 5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Löki Gale | 1/8/2011

    " I started Mr. Pollan's book at least 3 times before working my way through it. It was well written, funny, and a little to heavy on the technical fauna terminology, but that is okay. I am looking forward to reading his other books. "

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

    " This was the first gardening narrative I ever read, and it got me hooked on Michael Pollan as well as this genre. Fantastic book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 1/2/2011

    " A nice accompanying essay when starting your own garden. Pollan gives a nice voice to the frustrating battle against weeds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 11/28/2010

    " This was a very poetic way to look at the garden and how we can take advantage of natural landscapes. "

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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.