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Growgirl: How My Life After The Blair Witch Project Went to Pot Hardcover – January 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1ST edition (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406920
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Everything contained within this “Fish out of water” memoir rings true and reads fiercely and crazily entertainingly…. in constructing a book that is both a gentle polemic and a deeply felt, richly developed, personal memoir, Heather Donahue shows herself to be an author with talent, skill and a unique rich author’s voice in which she can wrap them.”

(Tad Friend)

“everything contained within this “Fish out of water” memoir rings true and reads fiercely and crazily entertainingly…. in constructing a book that is both a gentle polemic and a deeply felt, richly developed, personal memoir, Heather Donahue shows herself to be an author with talent, skill and a unique rich author’s voice in which she can wrap them.”


wickedly funny, insightful”


"The book is a dense and breezy read full of extraordinarily intimate details…”
(Michael Musto)

“Her memoir is a hilarious commentary on pot culture and Hollywood vapidity.” 


“Grow Girl is great if you like your marijuana stories imbued with a general sense of struggle. (And what other kind, really, exists these days?)”


“In her quirky, kooky year-in-the-life account, she writes hilariously…Wry, with a nuanced distance from the events, Donahue offers an unorthodox gardener’s take on the growing season.”


“An intimate look at a woman’s yearlong search for her place in the world.”



“Thank God things didn't work out in Hollywood for Heather Donahue. Otherwise, we'd never have gotten this book.  Anyone who's taken a fall will bond fiercely with Donahue's hilarious frankness about hitting bottom. Beautifully written, full of wisdom. A terrific read.”


“Heather Donahue has a gloriously comic voice, and beguiling self-knowledge. Growgirl will tell you how to grow pot—and how to grow up. It’s a hilarious, rollicking, endearing memoir that’s also friendly, wise and thoroughly addictive. I inhaled it!”

About the Author

Heather Donahue is an actress and writer best known for her starring role in the 1999 cult classic The Blair Witch Project. She has been featured on the cover of Newsweek, in People, and on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Daily Show, and CNN. She lives in San Francisco.

More About the Author

At 24, I made the Blair Witch Project, which Roger Ebert named, "One of the Ten Most Influential Movies of the 20th Century."

At 34, I went to pot. Literally.

As you might imagine there's a lot in between, which is Growgirl territory. If you're reading this, probably you are pretty close to clicking buy, which would be awesome. Really, just go for it. Thanks in advance.

When Blair Witch became a phenomenon, I was on the cover of Newsweek, featured in People, appeared on The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, the MTV awards, CNN, and a blur of other print and media outlets across every major market in the US, and internationally. I was named one of Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Females for 2000 and I like to think I continue to earn that title. I also won the 1999 Razzie for Worst Actress, which is like an Oscar for guttersnipes.

My first writing prize came from the 1979 Young Author's Contest for my story about how I went roller skating with Olivia Newton John like in the movie Xanadu. There are, mercifully, no extant copies. My first adult prize, as the winner of the Bust/Good Vibrations erotica contest, was definitely adult. I was paid in vibrators and latex hot pants. I figured this omen could only be auspicious.

Let me know what you think of Growgirl, or the weather, or what have you at facebook.com/heatherdonahuebooks

Customer Reviews

This book was great fun to read.
emily.e
Heather does a great job drawing the reader in and creating a a very descriptive image of her life.
Mongo Beti
The most engaging book I've read in quite some time.
César Chávez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jaimbo on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
To me, the best memoirs are about a short period in someone's life when circumstances are at a fever pitch. I believe that's why addiction memoirs are so fascinating and so successful.
How refreshing it is to read a memoir about a year in the life of Heather Donahue, not an addict, but an artist thrust prematurely into the glaring Hollywood spotlight, where after being mishandled and ultimately disregarded, bid a dramatic farewell to her former dream. She then takes control of her life in the most unlikely of worlds - yes, in the red wood and pine tree blanketed pot-growing communities of Northern Cali.
Honestly, just the insular, quirky pot-growing world Donahue illuminates would have been enough, but understanding her need and the impetus to throw herself into such a world in the first place makes her journey there all the more rich and understandable. She's a fish out of water, but such a willing and ambitious student, you'll find yourself cheering her along the way, no matter what you feel about the moral/ethical/legal issues involved.
The world itself is very unexplored so far in mainstream literature, understandably. It is far from "Weeds" heroine Nancy Botwin's sales practices and it's not the south-of-the-border drug wars that most American's know about but simply feel utterly powerless against. It reveals instead a landscape full of power struggles, desperate cliches come to life, and incredible anecdotes blooming with characterizations of people you will LOVE hearing about (see chapter on "pot wives") and will be thrilled you don't know personally. (Save Heather herself, with whom you will fall in love .)
Donahue's story is as uniquely American as one can be. A flash-in-the-pan indie movie star becomes a pot grower.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Lavoie on January 15, 2012
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Growgirl is a tale of a woman's struggle to reinvent herself and be the woman she wants to be. She is a woman who wants anything but to be confined: confined to be the girl who was in The Blair Witch Project, confined to a life of having her voice quieted, confined to social norms and career expectations. She decides to purge herself of her past, and all constraints, and start her life again in a way that speaks to her. It is in this time that she meets Jonah, a northern California medical marijuana grower, at a meditation retreat. Her heart follows him to the community of Nuggettown where, by circumstance and introspection of her own needs and feelings, she becomes a "grow girl." But that is not all she does. Heather embraces life as a country girl and lets her inner Hippie free. After it is all said and done, Heather follows her passion for writing and decides to share her experiences with the world. The result is a collection of experiences; sometimes joyous, sometimes sad, but always interesting, that help mold her perspective and change the course of her life. Heather Donahue's story is one that brings you laughter, tears, smiles, the despair of disappointment, the transcendence of hope, and inspiration in every chapter. Her story is genuine, full of feeling and told in highly relatable prose. However, she does not only seek to tell her story in this book, but also to pass on some of the wisdom she has learned along the way, of which there is plenty, as well as to convey some insight into the world of medical marijuana. She articulates her story in an easy to read style, but it is not lacking in thoughtful metaphor and vivid imagery, and I could often feel myself sitting in that house in the woods with her.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A.Dephillips on January 8, 2012
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Honestly,I never knew or cared much about the pot community,but I always loved Heather Donahue. So,when I picked up this book I didn't know what to expect. But this is one wonderful and funny book! Heather has such a witty and colorful writer and se really opened my eyes to alot of what went on with "pot wives." I fully recommend this book and look forward to what Heather may write next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tanette Lee on January 17, 2012
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Growgirl is an unflinching yet refreshing account of the inside lives of California's medical marijuana growers. She shows us that the life of a pot grower is not the high society (no pun intended) that Hollywood would make it seem. Her tale is one of truth and struggle to make it in a business that is largely kept secret. She shares the joys of country living but also the looming fears of the trade, both fears of prosecution and fears of legalization. The book is written in memoir form but she also provides growing tips that are helpful to new growers with their own gardens.

While smoking weed has reached its tipping point and more and more celebrities openly endorse the plant, the growing world remains hidden. Thank you Heather Donahue for writing a sensible book and paving the way for more authors to write about this once illusive world we are now becoming more familiar with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hilda on January 23, 2012
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This is an absolutely fantastic read! Having lived in a similar Northern California town, the characters in Donahue's book play out like archetypes of so many of the people I've known. She pegs it!! Growgirl provides a romp through emerald triangle culture with humor, wit, and her balls to the walls attitude. Unafraid to take risks after her realization that Hollywood just wasn't working for her anymore, she dives into new love, hope, and the peculiarities and quirks that come with those who grow medical marijuana: hiding bricks of cash in microwaves, being afraid of getting busted- by the cops, by a lurking wild animal (growers typically live in the boonies! And try not to know their neighbors too well), or by an infectious case of spider mites or powdery mildew. More than just informative read into a fascinating subculture, Donahue's book touches on a subject to which we can all relate- the "clenching and the softening of life," as she puts it. Heather expresses with vivid language this struggle. She does so with wide open eyes and eagerness and with a sincerely funny and touching narrative voice. Her story is personal and heart felt. It is a book that you can have a beer with. It is indeed, as the first review stated, "everything you want in a memoir." Get this book. You won't be disappointed!
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