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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803237847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803237841
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Frank takes the reader into the fields, where a pair of good clippers can make or break a man, and describes the intricate methods used to cut and dry the product to ensure good quality. . . . Investigative research coupled with personal reflections on a controversial arena of American farm production."—Kirkus Reviews
(Kirkus Reviews 2012-01-01)

"Pot Farm is a simultaneously beautiful, dark and life-affirming story."—John Warner, Inside Higher Ed
(John Warner Inside Higher Ed 2012-02-22)

"This engaging memoir chronicles the unusual route the author and his wife took to mental rehabilitation after Frank's mother's grueling, months-long battle with cancer: they took up residence on a medical-marijuana farm in Northern California. . . . A highly entertaining tale."—David Pitt, Booklist
(David Pitt Booklist 2012-02-27)

"Clearly Pot Farm is a world of uncertainty filled with people who want to help others and with people who want to help themselves; it is our world distilled. And Frank creates this world in a way that can stimulate a reader intellectually while at once offering readers who want to experience the emotional richness that surrounds and inhabits the people of the world he shows us a chance to do that too."—Brandon Davis Jennings, Third Coast Magazine
(Brandon Davis Jennings Third Coast Magazine)

"Thriving amidst a hilariously motley crew of recovered drug addicts, hippies, users and business people, Frank shows us how the farm works from the first bud to the delivery of the product. Lots of fun, and high time that everyone had a closer look at this fascinating industry."—Caroline Leavitt, Dame: For Women Who Know Better
(Caroline Leavitt Dame: For Women Who Know Better 2012-03-14)

"Frank delivers his experiences through a wonderful narrative that stands in reality, but weaves a story like a work of fiction."—Nathan Reynolds, Big Muddy
(Nathan Reynolds Big Muddy)

About the Author

Matthew Gavin Frank is an assistant professor of creative writing at Northern Michigan University. He is the author of Barolo, available in a Nebraska Paperback, and the poetry collections Sagittarius Agitprop, Warranty in Zulu, and The Morrow Plots.

More About the Author

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of "Barolo" (The University of Nebraska Press), a food memoir based on his illegal work in the Italian wine industry, and "Pot Farm" (The University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books), a behind-the-scenes memoir about his work on a Northern California medical marijuana farm. His new nonfiction book, "Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and the Man Who First Photographed It" is forthcoming from W.W. Norton: Liveright. He is also the author of "Warranty in Zulu" (Barrow Street Press), "Sagittarius Agitprop" (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books), "The Morrow Plots" (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books), and the chapbooks "Four Hours to Mpumalanga" (Pudding House Publications), and "Aardvark" (West Town Press). Recent and forthcoming work appears in The Best Travel Writing and The Best Food Writing anthologies, The New Republic, Gastronomica, Plate Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Iowa Review, The North American Review, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Epoch, Field, Pleiades, Rosebud, Crazyhorse, Seneca Review, Ninth Letter, The Literary Review, and others. His work has been featured in such publications as Wine Spectator, The Chicago Tribune, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly.

Matthew Gavin Frank was born and raised in Chicago. Bitten by the food, wine, and travel bug, he left home at age seventeen, embracing the vagabond lifestyle that often lent itself to work in the restaurant industry. He ran a tiny breakfast joint in Juneau, Alaska, worked the Barolo wine harvest in Italy's Piedmont, sautéed hog snapper hung-over in Key West, designed multiple degustation menus for Julia Roberts's private parties in Taos, New Mexico, served as a sommelier for Chefs Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand in Chicago, and assisted Chef Charlie Trotter with his Green Kitchen cooking demonstration at the Slow Food Nation 2008 event in San Francisco. He returned to academia and received his MFA in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Arizona State University. He taught creative writing to undergraduates in Phoenix, Arizona, and nonfiction writing to soldiers and their families near Fort Drum in upstate New York on the Canadian border.

Frank is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, a James Beard Award nomination for food writing, an IACP Award nomination, an Artist's Grant to the Vermont Studio Center, the Sonoran Prize, and numerous grants from the Virginia G. Piper Center for the Creative Arts. Presently, he teaches creative writing at Northern Michigan University where he is the Nonfiction Editor of the literary magazine, Passages North.

His current favorite dessert recipe is Revisionist Caprese Salad: Basil Ice Cream, Mozzarella Syrup, Oven-Dried Sweet Tomato, and Tomato Rock Candy.

He can be reached at www.matthewgfrank.com

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Easy to read & loved every moment.
Marilyn J. Frank
His charmingly self-deprecating humor combined with his rich palette and his flamboyant style were demanding for me as a nonvisual thinker.
Ken Smith
This is far from a simple book, but it will likely leave some readers dissatisfied.
Brandon Jennings

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Megan_Michele on March 21, 2012
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I bought this for a family friend who I thought would enjoy it. Many times I have caught her watching weeds, californication, shameless, dexter, and a handful of other lovely modern family type shows. She is fairly conservative, had several friends who have had breast cancer, and most people would never expect her to be interested in this sort of topic but...

...I just got a text message from her saying "A book calle Pot Farm came in the mail, reading it." Several hours later "I love it! Thank you." Home run! Fantastic gift for someone who watches any of the shows mentioned above.

I'm a bit curious myself about the book and will be ordering a copy soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken Smith on September 21, 2012
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Frank paints a colorful landscape not only of the business of pot farming but of a fascinating crew he spent a summer with. (If he can end a sentence with a preposition once and get away with it, perhaps so can I ;) His charmingly self-deprecating humor combined with his rich palette and his flamboyant style were demanding for me as a nonvisual thinker. But when I allowed him to paint his pictures, I was delighted with what I saw. This book is as much about the universality of struggle as it is about anything else. Frank struggles. His wife and coworkers struggle. The reader struggles to pick apart what he admits might be recollection clouded by the miasma of pot smoke.

As a small disclaimer and as a very proud moment, I must tell you, dear review reader, that I have known Matt for a long time. We were college hall-mates and I got to know him very well. I'm incredibly proud to be able to read and review this really great work. I'm also delighted to get to know him even better through the pages of his book.
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Matthew Gavin Frank’s Pot Farm is a hungry book; it craves understanding, compassion, friendship, forgiveness, and actual food and drink. (My signed copy tried to drink my chamomile tea in order to show Frank that it’s okay to drink chamomile tea, and that his avoidance of chamomile tea and diet coke are only hurting his quest for completely freed artistic expression.) But the metaphorical hunger in the book can be seen through Frank-as-character’s attempts to fit into the world of medicinal marijuana growers/cutters/pickers/smokers and in the way that Frank-as-narrator struggles to situate himself and his unreliability in the world of contemporary CNF narrators. And he fits in—believe me. In fact, to admit early on that many of the events related in the book were likely blurred by his altered state of mind or his imperfect memory is something that a writer of non-fiction shouldn’t have to say; it should be implied. But as he says he’s “Waiting to be crucified on Oprah and then sign a seven-figure deal” (2). Which is ironic, obviously, since by noting that his non-fiction book might not be an exact account of the events within, he has stripped himself of the chance to be crucified and then make millions off of his own non-deadly crucifixion.

It’s not just the hunger or the admission of fallibility that I find engaging in Frank’s book, though. Odd characters abound and weave through the narrative, coloring the story with giant breasts, and strange cysts behind their ears. Characters complain about food while imparting knowledge about marijuana farms and knowledge about lived experiences without it ever seeming staged. Frank-as-narrator often makes light of, but still addresses, his own questions about masculinity within this world he’s become a part of.
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Very interesting characters & enlightening. Thoroughly enjoyable . Easy to read & loved every moment. Personal touches make this book all the more interesting to read.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reduction on November 18, 2013
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Humboldt and many other pot stories to read out there. Red headed blackbelt etc.. This one has its heart in the right place but is muddled, meandering and in the end, difficult to get thru
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