Emily Brady, Scribe, $29.95
Humboldt is a window into the secretive milieu of marijuana, money and murder. America’s infamous home of cannabis, Humboldt County, truly is a world of its own. Through the tales of four people affected by the growing and dealing of marijuana in the area, Emily Brady sheds light on the day-to-day life in the unusual community. It is a raw and honest look at the industry that brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars, supporting families, schools and even fire departments. The residents take their business seriously, but not everyone is on the same page. Brady’s matter-of-fact writing provides insights and gives context to the debate about marijuana legalisation that divides Humboldt County. This is an intriguing narrative about a world far removed from the common daily grind.