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Growgirl: How My Life After The Blair Witch Project Went to Pot Hardcover – January 5, 2012
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— 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!”
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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. But as far from "normal" as her experience was,
her prose is so relatable, her voice so witty, her story so honest, the reader is left feeling like this strange country of ours could hand crazy life twists like hers to just about anyone. At any time. It makes the reader feel invigorated and inspired - to take chances, to be the engineer of one's destiny and to have an incredible sense of humor about it all along the way.
I'm grateful to not have had so many shocks to my own personal life's journey, but frankly, we are all lucky that Donahue did. Because reading about it is pretty f*$*g awesome.