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Second Nature: A Gardener's Education Paperback – August 12, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Despite some overheated prose, Pollan's 2003 book on his many years gardening proves to be an enjoyable and instructive listen. The account moves seamlessly from the humble and personal—the minor and major decisions Pollan must make for his garden each season—to a larger inquiry of gardening through historical, philosophical, environmental, and practical lenses. Pollan's soft and slightly nasal voice is rhythmic and engaging, but Scott Brick, who narrated The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, would have been a better choice. Pollan can't match Brick's ability to marshal information and move an audience, and this one consequently lacks the impact and nuance of his previous audiobooks. A Grove Press paperback. (Mar.)
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From Library Journal
Pollan, executive editor of Harper's and self-proclaimed amateur gardener, has written a book that is by turns charming and annoying, insightful and shallow, droll and banal. His collection of a dozen essays arranged by season is based on his experiences over a seven-year period in his Connecticut garden, along with vignettes from garden history. Unfortunately, Pollan's text is characterized by dubious and unsupported generalities, self-conscious humor, and extended, labored metaphors, and his lack of gardening authority dooms the book to superficiality. Experienced gardeners and devotees of garden literature will find little here that is original. Only for comprehensive gardening collections.
- Richard Shotwell, Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, Mass.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I've read many of Pollan's other books and I enjoyed this one almost as much as the others. The way he writes makes the topic accessible to the reader even if it isn't what you expect. There are some parts that are less interesting to me, specifically the very early portion and parts of the last chapter on seed catalogs. But there is humor and insight sprinkled throughout that make it enjoyable and worth picking up.
It's a good read in what motivates us to garden, his story of his grandfather, and childhood any gardener could relate to in their own way.
Don't read necessarily for advice, but more for enjoying what another gardener has to say about the subject.
There is so much contained within these pages. The description of his lawn, and the history of lawns in the United States, is something that everyone should read. To understand how the American Dream came to be, we need to also have a grasp on the history of home and landscape designs in this country. His description of lawns, and then of forests, made the issue come to life for me.
His description of his grandfather's garden was priceless. I felt like I was sitting in his grandfather's garden, eating tomatoes with the two of them.
And his fight with the hedgehog--I was taking swats at him, too!
Planting my first garden was a real treat. Reading this alongside enriched that experience.
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