St. Petersburg Noir by Natalia Smirnova
(Akashic Noir)

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Dark. Comic. Bleak. Menacing—it’s all between these pages. Crime noir has been well served by this indispensable and absorbing compilation of high caliber stories from some of Russia’s leading writers of the genre.
-NY Journal of Books

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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.

NOTE: THIS BOOK DOES NOT ADVOCATE DRUG/MARIJUANA USE.
 

About Natalia Smirnova

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Julia Goumen was born in St Petersburg, Russia, in 1977. With a PhD in English, she has been working in publishing since 2001. After 3 years as a foreign rights manager she started an independent business as a literary agent. Since 2006 Julia Goumen runs Goumen&Smirnova Literary Agency together with Natalia Smirnova. Natalia Smirnova was born in 1978 in Moscow. After studying law and working as a lawyer for a while, she moved to St. Petersburg to work for a publisher as a foreign rights manager. In 2006 together with Julia Goumen Natalia founded Goumen&Smirnova Literary Agency representing Russian authors worldwide.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Akashic Books. 323 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Sam Millar on Aug 07 2012

Dark. Comic. Bleak. Menacing—it’s all between these pages. Crime noir has been well served by this indispensable and absorbing compilation of high caliber stories from some of Russia’s leading writers of the genre.

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