by Michael Pollan

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A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams is Michael Pollan's second book, first released in 1997. This sophomore piece was published almost ten years before the very popular Omnivore's Dilemma. About Pollan's absorption into architecture and carpentry while building his own writing hut on his Connecticut property, this book lacks neither depth nor clarity.

In preparing for the birth of his first child, Pollan considers his work space as he's recently begun working from home. Working with an architect, Pollan decides that a separate structure -- a writing hut, a tiny house, a work shed -- will make the work-family spaces more distinct, while still being at home. Pollan pulls from both Eastern and Western architectural philosophies, both of which direct him to the place overlooking his property's pond. A place of his own.

A Place of My Own is not drivel, but readable. Fun to see Pollan's interests before the food obsession, this book is a great eBook choice, taking tiny-but-weighty, architecture-for-amateurs, Thoreau-ian bits at a time.


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