Michael Pollan, recently featured on Netflix in the four-part series Cooked, is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.
Praise for A Place of My Own "A glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace." --Chicago Tribune "[Pollan] alternates between describing the building process and introducing informative asides on various aspects of construction. These explanations are deftly and economically supplied. Pollan's beginner status serves him well, for he asks the kind of obvious questions about building that most readers will want answered." --The New York Review of Books "By shrewdly combining just the right mix of personal reflection, architectural background, and nuts-and-bolts detail, Michael Pollan enables us to see, feel, and understand what goes into the building of a house. The result is 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 tour de force . . . [Pollan] writes gracefully and humanely. He is a true carpenter-craftsman of prose." --Phillip Lopate