Williamsburg book club

Dear members:  On April 12, 2014 at 7 p.m., we'll meet to discuss a nonfiction book, "The Botany of Desire:  A Plant's-Eye View ofthe World" by Michael Pollan.  According to Amazon.com:

"Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. InThe Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings. And just as we’ve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?"

So come join us that night for some good food (vegetarian, anyone?) and good conversation!


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved this book and wish I could attend. I recommend it to so many people.

    April 7, 2014

    • Lisa P.

      sorry you couldn't join us, but I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

      April 13, 2014

  • Jodi

    This is a little off topic, but if anyone wants to check it out online, Frontline (PBS) has a one hour documentary style film on North Korea with secretly obtained film footage, so you won't see just what the leader wants you to see. I was just thinking back to the book we read, as well as the other film footage on youtube about North Korea. There is a free app with over 1,000 pictures of North Korea, but for the ones I viewed, it appears they are government sanctioned photos.

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Laura

    Thanks for the information Dan. I want to look at this, this weekend!

    March 14, 2014

  • Kathy A.

    Thanks for the link Dan. I will try to check it out.

    March 13, 2014

  • Dan N.

    PBS is streaming the tv special for free.

    2 · March 13, 2014

  • Susan M.

    Oooh, this looks fun. Tulips and potatoes are my two favorite things.

    1 · February 28, 2014

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