Whether you’re 18, 28 or even 78 years old, maybe there’s a part of you that has always fancied yourself as a bit of a weed loving, skunk smoking Bob Marley. But even if you don’t fall into this category, Howard S. Becker’s Becoming a Marihuana User is more than a humorous ‘how to’ guide to the ways of pot; it’s a “short little tour” into the world of marihuana and how it has become more than just an accessory to make you look badass in front of all your friends.
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A novelty item about a serious topic, The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All is a cheerfully childish book for the recently-legal drinker. It’s also the perfect gag gift for that friend just back from touring the Scottish, or Tennessee distilleries.
Whoever the audience, the guide is well-intentioned if imperfect. At 12 pages, with large print and a breezy writing style, it’s unlikely to confer know-it-all status. That said, authors Richard Betts, Crystal English Sacca and Wendy MacNaughton offer a decent overview of a complex subject within a limited space.
Many poets and painters have responded in our language to Dante. Rather than document the reactions by authors and artists since Chaucer to their Italian inspiration, Nick Havely investigates the conditions under which “intellectual, religious, political, bibliographic, textual” reactions occurred since medieval times. Havely specializes in the reception of Italian literature in his English homeland, so this Dante scholar at the University of York seems ideally suited for this scholarly study.
Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral isn’t Mary Doria Russell’s first time in the saddle; the New York Times bestselling author had a western hit in 2011’s Doc, about John Henry “Doc” Holliday. Encouraged by the reception that her break from sci-fi convention into the world of historical fiction received, Russell mustered up what could be called her first-ever sequel, here part two, if you will, which is set around the actual events leading to the 1881 shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone.
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