A Mind of Winter by Shira Nayman

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"A delightful book . . . a glimpse of what enlightened drug education could be."—Andrew Weil, MD

"Funny . . . offbeat . . . a riot, with a series of characters explaining the glory of cannabis to a young girl and her mother."—New York Post (3.5 out of 4 stars)

It's Just a Plant is an illustrated children's book about marijuana. It follows the journey of a young girl as she learns about the plant from a diverse cast of characters including her parents, a local farmer, a doctor, and a police officer.

Marijuana can be hard to talk about. Many parents have tried it, millions still use it, and most feel awkward about disclosing such histories (many duck the question), for fear that telling kids the truth might encourage them to experiment too. Meanwhile, the "drug facts" children learn in school can be more frightening than educational, blaming pot for everything from teenage pregnancy to terrorism. A child's first awareness of drugs should come from a better source.

It's Just a Plant is a book for parents who want to discuss the complexities of pot in a thoughtful, fact-oriented manner.


About Shira Nayman

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Shira Nayman grew up in Australia. She has a master's degree in comparative literature and a doctorate in clinical psychology, and has worked as a psychologist and a marketing consultant. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including "The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, New England Review", and "Boulevard". The recipient of two grants from the Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Published May 1, 2012 by Akashic Books. 325 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Fiction

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Three people whose lives touched during WWII take turns narrating this haunting psychological thriller from Nayman (The Listener): Oscar, an enigmatic art collector, whose past is the book’s central mystery;

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Pank Magazine

Set a few years after the end of the Second World War, A Mind of Winter opens with protagonist Oscar musing about the irony of his impending indictment for crimes against humanity.

Jul 19 2012 | Read Full Review of A Mind of Winter

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