Reasonable Discourse Book Club: The Botany of Desire

  • 5/22/2021 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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  • Reasonable Discourse Book Club: The Botany of Desire

    Join us for May's Reasonable Discourse, a journey and discussion about books that matter. This month the book is The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

    "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World is a 2001 nonfiction book by journalist Michael Pollan. Pollan presents case studies that mirror four types of human desires that are reflected in the way that we selectively grow, breed, and genetically engineer our plants."

    ". . .The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and in the process spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. What Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates . . . is that people and domesticated plant species have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship . . . that is just as common and essential to the way nature works."

    "Pollan takes the reader on an absorbing journey . . .a journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature."

    Michael Kevin Pollan is an American author and journalist, who is currently the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.For those that want to prepare for the year ahead, here is a list of future books we will be reading:

    June 26 Calling Yankees to Florida: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Forgotten Tourist Articles by John T Foster and Sarah Whitmer Foster
    July 31 Qualityland Marc-Uwe Kling, Patricia Rodriguez, et al.
    August 28 America's First Black Socialist: The Radical Life of Peter H.Clark by Nikki M. Taylor
    Sept 25th Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America by Adam Cohen, Dan Woren, et al.
    October HBS 10/23 Beloved by Toni Morrison
    November Handmaid's Tale by Margart Atwood
    December TBD