A Place Of My Own

Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0307829154
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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. Praise for A Place of My Own “A glorious piece of prose . . . Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace.”—Chicago Tribune “[Pollan] alternates between describing the building process and introducing informative asides on various aspects of construction. These explanations are deftly and economically supplied. Pollan’s beginner status serves him well, for he asks the kind of obvious questions about building that most readers will want answered.” —The New York Review of Books “By shrewdly combining just the right mix of personal reflection, architectural background, and nuts-and-bolts detail, Michael Pollan enables us to see, feel, and understand what goes into the building of a house. The result is a captivating and informative adventure.”—John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil “An utterly terrific book . . . an inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body and the human spirit.”—Francine du Plessix Gray “A tour de force.”—Phillip Lopate

Una Casa Propia

Author: Sandra Cisneros
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
ISBN: 0385351364
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Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction From Chicago to Mexico, the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, a place where she could truly take root, has eluded her. In this jigsaw autobiography, made up of essays and images spanning three decades—and including never-before-published work—Cisneros has come home at last. Written with her trademark lyricism, in these signature pieces the acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street shares her transformative memories and reveals her artistic and intellectual influences. Poignant, honest, and deeply moving, A House of My Own is an exuberant celebration of a life lived to the fullest, from one of our most beloved writers.

The Botany Of Desire

Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 0375760393
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Focusing on the human relationship with plants, uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through of four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato.

A Room Of One S Own Annotated

Author: Virginia Woolf
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544535162
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In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister: a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different.This imaginary woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. But if only she had found the means to create, urges Woolf, she would have reached the same heights as her immortal sibling. In this classic essay,Virginia Woolf takes on the establishment, using her gift of language to dissect the world around her and give a voice to those who have none. Her message is simple: A woman must have a fixed income and a room of her own in order to have the freedom to create. Annotated and with an introduction by Susan Gubar

No Place Of My Own

Author: Christine Laennec
ISBN: 9780956531308
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"May Diddy Ripley Maylone's diaries paint a vivid picture of her life in Northern California in the 1920s. She followed her husband George from one venture to another -- homesteading, mining, even piloting a river boat. She was always hopeful that they would at last be able to establish a home."--[P. 4] of cover.

A Place Of My Own

Author: Teressa Burke
ISBN: 9781427646224
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A Place Of Their Own

Author: John V. Van Cleve
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
ISBN: 9780930323493
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Emphasizing the sense of community that deafness fosters, rather than its less positive aspects, this text focuses on the development of the American deaf community during the nineteenth century

A Place Of My Own

Author: Edward Murphy
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781543089646
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Even if you do all the right things, it is often fate that determines the outcome. In A Place Of My Own, Ed Murphy tells the unlikely story of his journey to property ownership. Along the way, he relates his experiences as a member of an old and well-established hunting club. While this is a satisfying and enjoyable experience, Ed realized that it is not the same as owning your own property. The hunting seasons are the real foundation of this story. Initially, as a guest of the property owners. Then later, as the new property owner himself. The renovation of an existing cabin turns a life-long dream into reality. The camaraderie of friends and family is the spirit of this story. Hard work, laughter, and a love of the outdoors are the ingredients. Simply stated, A Place Of My Own is about a dream. A dream that came true.


Author: Laurie Lisle
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 9780819569660
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Westover, a girls’ school in Middlebury, Connecticut, was founded in 1909 by emancipated “New Women,” educator Mary Hillard and architect Theodate Pope Riddle. Landscape designer Beatrix Farrand did the plantings. It has evolved from a finishing school for the Protestant elite, including F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first love, to a meritocracy for pupils of many religions and races from all over the world. The fascinating account of the ups and downs of this female community is the subject of Laurie Lisle’s lively and well-researched book. The author describes the innovations of the idealistic minister’s daughter who founded the school in 1909, her intellectual successor who turned it into a college preparatory school in the 1930s, the quiet headmaster who managed to keep it open during the turbulent 1970s, and the prize-winning mathematics teacher, wife, and mother who leads the high school today. This beautifully illustrated book tells an important story about female education during decades of dramatic change in America.

A Place Of My Own To Give God Glory

Author: Gwendolyn Wilson Diggs, EdD
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1450296548
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Years ago, devout Christian Gwendolyn Wilson Diggs thought she’d been forgotten by God. While waiting in line for a life purpose, she felt skipped over. Others members of her musically inclined family sang or played instruments, yet she did nothing. Then, during a particularly dark period, she sat down and screamed, “God, what do you want me to do?” His response: “Spread my Word and proclaim the gospel of Christ.” Diggs’s A Place of My Own to Give God Glory offers forty devotions, each illuminated by scripture and inspired by God. By putting God first and seeking His face, Diggs discovered her true purpose; since then, she has been filled with the joy and peace of Christ, and she seeks to spread His Word to the whole world. She artfully combines life experiences with scripture, turning each devotion into applicable lessons for your Christian walk, with included journal sections for personal reflection. Proverbs tells us, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” God is waiting for you to walk at His side. These daily devotions will encourage you to view your difficulties from a Christian perspective. All of your questioning will reveal your purpose. God does hear you, and He wants you to hear His voice. All it takes is daily devotion to Him, and never forget the most important thing in life: Give God Glory!