A Place of My Own

A Place of My Own

By Michael Pollan

  • Release Date: 1997-03-04
  • Genre: Art & Architecture
Score: 4
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A captivating personal inquiry into the art of architecture, the craft of building, and the meaning of modern work

“A room of one’s own: Is there anybody who hasn’t at one time or another wished for such a place, hasn’t turned those soft words over until they’d assumed a habitable shape?”

When Michael Pollan decided to plant a garden, the result was the acclaimed bestseller Second Nature. In A Place of My Own, he turns his sharp insight to the craft of building, as he recounts the process of designing and constructing a small one-room structure on his rural Connecticut property—a place in which he hoped to read, write, and daydream, built with his own two unhandy hands.

Invoking the titans of architecture, literature, and philosophy, from Vitruvius to Thoreau, from the Chinese masters of feng shui to the revolutionary Frank Lloyd Wright, Pollan brilliantly chronicles a realm of blueprints, joints, and trusses as he peers into the ephemeral nature of “houseness” itself. From the spark of an idea to the search for a perfect site to the raising of a ridgepole, Pollan revels in the infinitely detailed, complex process of creating a finished structure. At once superbly written, informative, and enormously entertaining, A Place of My Own is for anyone who has ever wondered how the walls around us take shape—and how we might shape them ourselves.


  • Excellent descriptions of the process of building something of one's own

    By Writer joe
    Michael Pollan is the type of writer who gives you the details of a situation you didn't know you were looking for at the first reading. That skill is not an obvious one, but a critical one nonetheless. His voice comes through easily, lightly sprinkled with self-deprecating humor. I would also recommend one of his other gems, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," if you want clear research on the food industry in this country.