Michael Pollan is the author of eight books: Second Nature, A Place of My Own, Food Rules, The Botany of Desire, which received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best nonfiction work of 2001 and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon, and the national bestsellers, The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food, Cooked, and How To Change Your Mind.

A longtime contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan has also held the position of Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley and is currently the Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer and Professor of the Practice of NonFiction at Harvard University. His writing on food and agriculture has won numerous awards, including the Reuters/World Conservation Union Global Award in Environmental Journalism, the James Beard Award, and the Genesis Award from the American Humane Association.

The author's evenhanded but generally positive approach shoos away scaremongering while fully recognizing that we're out in the tall grass—and, as he notes, though credited with psychological evenness, he's found himself "tossed in a psychic storm of existential dread so dark and violent that the keel comes off the boat," reason enough to seek chemical aid. A trip well worth taking, eye-opening and even mind-blowing.

Kirkus Starred Review
on How To Change Your Mind

This nuanced and sophisticated exploration, which asks big questions about meaning-making and spiritual experience, is thought-provoking and eminently readable.

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Engaging and enlightening reading.

Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Cooked

A glorious piece of prose … Pollan leads readers on his adventure with humor and grace

Chicago Tribune on A Place of my Own

Drawing on both spirituality and science, he shares the mysterious details of his inner journeys, and explains the neurological impact of psychoactive drugs and how they change lives. Pollan’s complexly elucidating and enthralling inquiry combines fascinating and significant history with daring and resonant reportage and memoir, and looks forward to a new open-mindedness toward psychedelics and the benefits of diverse forms of consciousness.

Donna Seaman
Booklist Starred Review on How To Change Your Mind

Pollan’s arguments against total prohibition, in favour of developing the therapeutic use of psychedelics, and indeed in favour of personal experimentation in controlled circumstances, had won me over, despite myself. I may even give it a go.

David Aaranovitch
The Times on How To Change Your Mind

Michael Pollan, somehow predictably, does the impossible: He makes losing your mind sound like the sanest thing a person could do.

Tom Bissell
The New York Times on How To Change Your Mind