Second Nature

some distance from nature. "Better to me the meanest weed," wrote Tennyson in the early 1830s. "Weed" soon became a standard synecdoche for wilderness, ...

Second Nature

Second Nature

“One of the distinguished gardening books of our time,” from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma (USA Today). Chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 75 greatest books ever written about gardening After 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 did not, of course, work. But neither did pesticides or firebombing the woodchuck burrow. So Michael Pollan began to think about the troubled borders between nature and contemporary life. The result is a funny, profound, and beautifully written book in the finest tradition 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, from the renowned author of The Botany of Desire, In Defense of Food, and other bestsellers, is “as delicious a meditation on one man’s relationship with the Earth as any you are likely to come upon” (The New York Times Book Review). “Usually when Americans have wanted to explore their relationship to nature they’ve gone to the wilderness, or the woods. Michael Pollan went to the garden instead . . . and he’s returned with a quirky and pleasing book.” —Annie Dillard “A joy to read.” —Los Angeles Times

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Second Nature
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Michael Pollan
Categories: Gardening
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-12-01 - Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

“One of the distinguished gardening books of our time,” from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma (USA Today). Chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 75 greatest books ever written about gardening After Michael Pollan bought an old Connecticut dairy farm, he planted
Second Nature
Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Crina Archer, Laura Ephraim, Lida Maxwell
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-08 - Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

This volume examines the nature/politics relationship anew in the wake of recent critiques of the category of "nature." Its essays draw on contemporary and canonical thinkers to reflect on "second nature" as a site or paradigm of political contest and intervene into debates about environmentalism, human rights, and more.
Second Nature
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Erin Clabough
Categories: Family & Relationships
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-01-08 - Publisher: Sounds True

Use Neuroscience to Raise an Awesome Person—Starting Now Searching for a roadmap to raise a successful child who makes a positive difference in this world? Neuroscientist and mother Erin Clabough teaches that to thrive as adults, children need to learn self-regulation, a master life skill founded in empathy, creativity, and
Second Nature
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Nathaniel Rich
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03-30 - Publisher: MCD

From the author of Losing Earth, a beautifully told exploration of our post-natural world that points the way to a new mode of ecological writing. We live at a time in which scientists race to reanimate extinct beasts, our most essential ecosystems require monumental engineering projects to survive, chicken breasts
Second Nature
Language: en
Pages: 376
Authors: David J. Shepherdson, Jill D. Mellen Et. Al
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-05-17 - Publisher: Smithsonian

Growing recognition of the complexity of animals' physical, social, and psychological lives in the wild has led both zookeepers and the zoo-going public to call for higher environmental standards for animals in captivity. With the goals of stimulating more diverse natural behaviors, facilitating breeding and reintroduction efforts, and educating visitors

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