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A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder Hardcover – 5 Jun 1997

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First UK Edition edition (5 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747533970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747533979
  • Package Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 953,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Review

Michael Pollan's A Place of My Own might be suspiciously viewed by some readers as a text begging for interpretation. What is it that causes this man at midlife to attempt to put up a structure, an actual wood and concrete dwelling, where he can work on his own craft away from his domestic life? Arguably, Pollan's intentions are more transparent than a too-clever postmodern audience can easily appreciate. The author of this fine, well-crafted book offers an explanation that seems honest and understandable: "Whenever I heard myself described as an 'information service worker' or a 'symbolic analyst', I wanted to reach for a hammer, or a hoe, and with it make something less virtual than a sentence."

In Pollan's bestselling book Second Nature: A Gardener's Education, he illustrated his facility with both hoe and pen. In A Place of My Own he hefts the hammer and again records with great intelligence how thoroughly thought and reflection can be woven into our common lives and the patterns of a day's work. His book's subtitle, An Education of an Amateur Builder, captures much of what this book contains: the lessons learned by a diligent student of architecture, design and construction. The writing contains no gaps or unsightly seams, and it's full of clues to readers who share a similar desire to build something tangible in a world that prizes the evanescent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A glorious piece of prose...Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace."
--"Chicago Tribune
"A captivating and informative adventure."
--John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
"An utterly terrific book...an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body and the human spirit."
--Francine du Plessix Gray

"From the Trade Paperback edition.

aA glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace.a
a"Chicago Tribune"
aA captivating and informative adventure.a
aJohn Berendt, author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
aAn utterly terrific book . . . an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body, and the human spirit.a
aFrancine du Plessix Gray

"A glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace."
-Chicago Tribune
"A captivating and informative adventure."
-John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
"An utterly terrific book . . . an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body, and the human spirit."
-Francine du Plessix Gray

-A glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace.-
-Chicago Tribune
-A captivating and informative adventure.-
-John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
-An utterly terrific book . . . an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body, and the human spirit.-
-Francine du Plessix Gray --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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