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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.

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