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September 25th I got…


So, as I was saying yesterday, I actually spent the entire weekend at a writer’s conference, and on the final day we had a speaker, Tom Huth, author of Forty Years Stoned, an amazing memoir that revolves around the goodness of marijuana, both medically and recreationally.


I’ve actually been anti-marijuana my whole life, but lately I’ve been changing my tune. I suppose I’m sick of micromanaging lives that have nothing to do with me. If you feel you need weed, then who am I to tell you differently. So I’m looking forward to reading the memoir.

Tom actually gave us a really emotional speech–I mean, people were crying. And it was so cool to watch, to hear him stumble over his words lightly because he hadn’t done a whole lot of public speaking–this is his debut book–and I found it really inspirational. It was the largest part I picked the book up.

I didn’t peek at the first page and loved what I read.

Forty Years Stoned by Tom Huth


Forty Years Stoned: A Journalist’s Romance celebrates a life of high adventure guided by the inspirations and invigorations of smoking marijuana. It’s about discovering Leif Eriksson’s birthplace, and it’s about discovering that the love of your life has Parkinson’s disease. It’s about finding laughter and joy amid the rubble of disappointment and creating a vision of acceptance and perfect well-being. It’s about my partner Holly, and how we built a beach shack in Costa Rica, and how Annie Leibovitz came down to doll us up in palm fronds and shoot us at the height of our earthly ambitions. It’s about how, soon after that, we found out why Holly’s fingers were trembling when she did her yoga stretches. So began our final adventure. This is not a sad story. Blame marijuana for the uplifting tone and the comic diversions. Credit marijuana for helping comfort and amuse Holly during her relentless decline while granting me the countless sweet clemencies that have allowed me to go the distance as her caregiver.


Drift: Stories by Victoria Patterson

I picked up this title while shopping around Lido Village Books because it actually takes place in Newport Beach, which is where Lido Village Books is located, so I had to pick it up because I love supporting local authors.


Welcome to Newport Beach, California–a community often found glittering in the spotlight, but one that isn’t always as glamorous as we imagine. Through the lives of waiters and waitresses, divorced and single parents, and alienated teens, Victoria Patterson’s Drift offers a rare and rewarding view into the real life of this nearly mythical place, all the while plumbing the depths of female friendship and what it means to be an outsider. Fresh, energetic, deceptively powerful and delightfully frank, hers is a voice you won’t be able to stop reading.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

This one was in Lido Village Books’ recommended section! Loved how they described it, so I couldn’t resist. But, what’s new?

I was looking at a literary map earlier (a map with different books over their locations) at Skylight Books in Los Feliz, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, and actually saw Swamplandia! on it. So, that’s a useless little factoid for ya.


Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality.

I’m thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

This is a debut, for anybody that’s interested. Debuts are fucking awesome, and I love reading them.


You will be scared. But you won’t know why…

I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It’s always there. Always.

Jake once said, “Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can’t fake a thought.”

And here’s what I’m thinking: I don’t want to be here.

In this smart, suspenseful, and intense literary thriller, debut novelist Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude. Reminiscent of Jose Saramago’s early work, Michel Faber’s cult classic Under the Skin, and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel pulls you in from the very first page…and never lets you go.


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