Growgirl: The Blossoming of an Unlikely Outlaw

Growgirl: The Blossoming of an Unlikely Outlaw

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by Heather Donahue
     
 

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The star of the international cult sensation The Blair Witch Project shares the high points of living on a marijuana farm post- Hollywood.

At age thirty-four, Heather Donahue's life went to pot. Literally. After starring in The Blair Witch Project-the tiny indie film- turned-blockbuster that Roger Ebert named one of the ten Most Influential

Overview

The star of the international cult sensation The Blair Witch Project shares the high points of living on a marijuana farm post- Hollywood.

At age thirty-four, Heather Donahue's life went to pot. Literally. After starring in The Blair Witch Project-the tiny indie film- turned-blockbuster that Roger Ebert named one of the ten Most Influential Movies of the Century-she became a household name. But the afterglow of the movie waned, her acting career stalled, and she feared the day her epitaph would read, "Here Lies the Girl from The Blair Witch Project." Determined to start a new life, she left most remnants of the old one in the desert, meditated on things for a few days, then followed her brand-new boyfriend to her brand-new life- growing pot.

Growgirl is Heather's year living in Nuggettown, California, among "The Community"-a collection of growers, their "pot wives," and the reason for it all: "The Girls." They help one another build grow rooms, tend to their crops, and provide a glimpse into this rarely seen world that's currently the source of much intrigue and discussion. Though her relationship hits rocky territory, Heather's new life brings unexpected solace, and she's surprised to finally find normalcy in the least likely of places.

Editorial Reviews

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“Frank and funny.” —The New Yorker

Growgirl is pretty wonderful.” —The Awl

“Donahue’s hippie-chick sensibilities don’t impair her ability to offer droll descriptions of the foibles of the community of growers she lived with for a year.” – Library Journal

“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.” – NY Journal of Books

“wickedly funny, insightful” – Cannabis Culture

"The book is a dense and breezy read full of extraordinarily intimate details…” – Michael Musto, Village Voice

“Her memoir is a hilarious commentary on pot culture and Hollywood vapidity.” – Los Angeles Magazine

Growgirl is great if you like your marijuana stories imbued with a general sense of struggle. (And what other kind, really, exists these days?)” – San Francisco Bay Guardian

“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.” – Publishers Weekly

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

“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.”—Katie Crouch, author of Girls in Trucks

“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!” —Michelle Huneven, author of Blame

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101554227
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/05/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,033,355
File size:
461 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Frank and funny.” —The New Yorker

Growgirl is pretty wonderful.” —The Awl

“Donahue’s hippie-chick sensibilities don’t impair her ability to offer droll descriptions of the foibles of the community of growers she lived with for a year.” – Library Journal

“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.” – NY Journal of Books

“wickedly funny, insightful” – Cannabis Culture

"The book is a dense and breezy read full of extraordinarily intimate details…” – Michael Musto, Village Voice

“Her memoir is a hilarious commentary on pot culture and Hollywood vapidity.” – Los Angeles Magazine

Growgirl is great if you like your marijuana stories imbued with a general sense of struggle. (And what other kind, really, exists these days?)” – San Francisco Bay Guardian

“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.” – Publishers Weekly

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

“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.”—Katie Crouch, author of Girls in Trucks

“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!” —Michelle Huneven, author of Blame

Meet 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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author seems intent on constantly whining for being known as "the girl from the Blair Witch Project." But guess what... if she wasn't from the Blair Witch Project, I would not have bought this book. As it was, the book is whiny and not worth it. I was devastated to learn that I can't return NookBooks. Amazon allows returns for their e-books.
J_Lavoie More than 1 year ago
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. Heather Donahue is creative, funny, caring, and real; more real than most of us ever allow ourselves to be. Growgirl is a must read for anyone who ever dared to be something different (especially those of us fellow right-brained girls) and also for anyone looking for a story you just can't put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago