Nikki Furrer is the author of A Woman's Guide to Cannabis: Using Marijuana to Feel Better, Look Better, Sleep Better and Get High Like a Lady (Workman, December 25, 2018). Furrer is the founder/CEO of Fleur, a company that focuses on cannabis medicine for women. She is the former owner of Pudd'nhead Books, an independent bookstore in St. Louis, Mo.
On your nightstand now:
American Pop by Snowden Wright. I picked up the galley at a regional show, and I love it. I still haven't gotten to the new Tana French, The Witch Elm, and I'm excited to read Michelle Obama's book, Becoming. All of the "best of 2018" lists are coming out now, so my wish-list is about to explode.
Favorite book when you were a child:
Beezus and Ramona. I learned a lot from Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Your top five authors:
Margaret Atwood. Stephen King. J.K. Rowling. George R.R. Martin. Gillian Flynn/Megan Abbott/Sara Gran.
Book you've faked reading:
The Bible. Law school textbooks. Shakespeare.
Book you're an evangelist for:
When I was a bookseller, I always had that one novel every season I couldn't stop talking about. It happened with Gone Girl and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Room and countless others. Right now, I love Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat from Samin Nosrat.
Book you've bought for the cover:
I don't fall for covers, but I am obsessed with the way the paper feels in my hands. When they sent the first finished copy of my own book, I was so, so happy that the paper feels good when you hold it. But I am always a sucker for McSweeney's packaging.
Book you hid from your parents:
Flowers in the Attic. I shoplifted the entire series from the bookstore at the mall because I couldn't ask my mom to buy them for me.
Book that changed your life:
What an intense question. Ayn Rand made me a Democrat.
Favorite line from a book:
"The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters." --Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
"Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else." --David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
"Don't let the bastards grind you down." --Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
Five books you'll never part with:
GAME. OF. THRONES.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
GAME. OF. THRONES.
Book that pairs well with marijuana:
Your short-term memory takes a well-deserved break when consuming cannabis, so it's difficult to remember what you've read. But coloring books and marijuana are a great combination.