Read about Pollan's most important books.
A book you want to share with your child:
Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1. I've got a 15-year-old son and I think this is definitely one of those great books about becoming an adult.
A classic that, upon rereading, disappointed:
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.I say this even though I assign this to my students. I teach a course on food writing [at Berkeley] and this book is an important influence, but it's very unreadable and just so over-the-top and overwritten.