Monday Night Book Group – May

Our next gathering will be May 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge to discuss The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan.  The author uses the histories of four plants–apples, tulips, cannabis and potatoes–to illustrate the complex, reciprocal relationship between humans and the natural world, showing how these species have successfully exploited human desires to flourish. The apple gratifies our taste for sweetness; the tulip seduces us with its beauty; marijuana tempts us into intoxication; and the potato, which can be genetically modified, gives us a sense of control over nature.  He seamlessly weaves little-known facts, historical events and several amusing personal anecdotes to tell each species’ story, supporting his basic contention that humanity and nature will always be “in this boat together.”

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