Botany of Desire by Michael Pollen
Pollan's book Botany of Desire is a mixture of history, personal memoir, and botany that relates aspects of the relationship of four domesticated plant species to human life. These plants--the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato--are linked with four human fundamental desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control. Although the book suggests a "plant's-eye" view, the stories are related through the eyes, recollection, and study of the author, a science writer. The storytelling is engaging, and the author does make the reader stop and think about who is "doing the domesticating" in the evolution of people-plant relationships.