Science Book Club

August 4, 2018 - 11:00am

The Boneshaker Science Book Club is free and open to the public. We meet the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., unless we don't, so please check the calendar in case a fast one has been pulled. The books we read will be science-related, but hopefully accessible to those without an academic background in science. We seek to select titles that are in line with Boneshaker's mission of social justice.

The August 4 book club selection is "The Botany of Desire" by Michael Pollan. Copies are in stock now at a 20% discount off the regular paperback price.

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The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of "How to Change Your Mind," "Cooked" and "The Omnivore’s Dilemma," one of the most trusted food experts in America.

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. In "The 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?

July - "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren
May - "The Disappearing Spoon" by Sam Kean
April - "Stiff" by Mary Roach