Month: October 2019

October 29 Book Releases

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Blue Moon by Lee Child (Delacorte Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-399-59354-3).

Liver Cleanse 3:6:9 by Anthony Williams (Hay House, $25.99; ISBN 978-1-4019-5845-9).

The Beautiful Ones by Prince (Spiegel & Grau, $30; ISBN 978-0-399-58965-2).

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons (Tor Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-17553-3).

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal (Crown, $26; ISBN 978-1-984822-13-0).

Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac by Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky (Flatiron Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-31330-0).

What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz (Harper Business, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-287133-6).

America’s Game by Jerry Rice (Dey Street Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-269290-0).

The Shape of Family by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (William Morrow, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-293322-5).

Half Baked Harvest Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard (Clarkson Potter, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-525-57707-2).

I Can Cook Vegan by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Abrams, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-3241-6).

Super Human by Dave Asprey (Harper Wave, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-285936-5).

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off by Gloria Steinem (Random House, $20; ISBN 978-0-593-13268-5).

Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History by Andrew Roberts (Viking, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-52238-6).

The 3-Minute Rule: Saying Less to Get More from Any Pitch or Presentation by Brant Pinvidic (Portfolio, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-54072-4).

Primitive Technology by John Plant (Clarkson Potter, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-984823-67-0).

When the Earth Had Two Moons by Erik Asphaug (Custom House, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-265792-3).

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (Harper Design, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-293661-5).

Ansel Adams’ Yosemite by Ansel Adams, foreword by Pete Souza, (Little, Brown, $40; ISBN 978-0-316-45612-8).

This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World by Yancey Strickler (Viking, $25; ISBN 978-0-525-56082-1).

Vanity Fair’s Women on Women, edited by Radhika Jones with David Friend, (Penguin Press, $30; ISBN 978-0-525-56214-6).

When They Come for You by David Kirby (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-06436-3).

“Keep It Moving” by Twyla Tharp

“Keep It Moving” by Twyla Tharp

Blurb:

At seventy-seven, Twyla Tharp is revered not only for the dances she makes—but for her astounding regime of exercise and non-stop engagement. She is famed for religiously hitting the gym each morning at daybreak, and utilizing that energy to propel her breakneck schedule as a teacher, writer, creator, and lecturer. This book grew out of the question she was asked most frequently: “How do you keep working?”

In Twyla’s own words: “This book is a collection of what I’ve learned in the past fifty-five years: from the moment I committed to a life in dance up until today…it identifies a ‘disease’ and offers a cure. That disease, simply put, is our fear of time’s passing and the resulting aging process. The remedy? This book in your hands.”

My Thoughts:

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for providing a copy of this book. It was an honor to read. As a woman in her 50’s I need all the inspiration I can get to keep moving and who better than Twyla Tharp to provide that inspiration. I love that she is bringing this subject into the open because most of what I see out there for seniors is how to deal with a medical disease. Ms. Tharp, in this book, is teaching us how to use our physical abilities, even if limited, to improve our mental motivation so we can continue to accomplish our goals even as we age. I found her outlook on aging to be refreshing and the exercises she suggests to be approachable and easily adaptable to any fitness level. Thank you Ms. Tharp for reminding us that we don’t have to become obsolete just because we get older.

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“Warriors and Wenches” by Michelle Rosenberg

Blurb:
Often faced with limited life choices, this book proudly showcases those women who took matters into their own hands and became forces to be reckoned with.
These are women you SHOULD know about. Love them or loathe them, they made their mark. From cross dressing soldiers to scheming mistresses and courtesans, Warriors and Wenches offers up an indulgent romp through centuries of history, from widows turned tank drivers bent on bloody vengeance and fierce martial arts fighters, to women who magnificently and outrageously turned their social lot in life to their advantage: the mistresses, courtesans and uniquely French maitresse-en-titres who wielded incredible power and influence in the sumptuous courts of Europe.

My Thoughts:

This little book is a great collection of snapshots of courageous women who wanted to live life on their own terms. While brief, these biographical sketches were engaging and informative. This book would be a great jumping off point for further research and inspiration.

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October 22 Book Releases

Links will take you to the books Amazon page where you can learn more. Note: There are a lot of cookbooks on today’s list so if you’re hungry you’ll likely find something good here.

The Night Fire by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown, $29; ISBN 978-0-316-48561-6).

Three Days at the Brink by Bret Baier (William Morrow, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-290568-0).

Edison by Edmund Morris (Random House, $38; ISBN 978-0-399-59209-6).

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier by Ree Drummond (William Morrow Cookbooks, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-256137-4).

Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré (Viking, $29; ISBN 978-1-984878-87-8).

Do You Mind If I Cancel?: (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti (Flatiron Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22582-5).

Targeted by Brittany Kaiser (Harper, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-296579-0).

Food: What the Heck Should I Cook? by Mark Hyman, MD (Little, Brown Spark, $32; ISBN 978-0-316-45313-4).

Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman (Clarkson Potter, $32.50; ISBN 978-0-451-49701-7).

You Suck at Cooking by You Suck at Cooking (Clarkson Potter, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-525-57655-6).

The House of Brides by Jane Cockram (Harper, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-293929-6).

Air Fryer Revolution: 100 Crisp, Healthy, Fast & Fresh Recipes by Urvashi Pitre (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $21.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-358-12087-2).

Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings by Joni Mitchell (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $40; ISBN 978-0-358-18172-9).

To the Land of Long Lost Friends: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (20) by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon, $25.95; ISBN 978-1-5247-4782-4).

The Goldblum Variations: Adventures of Jeff Goldblum Across the Known (and Unknown) Universe by Helen McClory (Penguin Books, $14 paper; ISBN 978-0-14-313522-7).

Binging with Babish: 100 Recipes Recreated from Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows by Andrew Rea (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30 paper over board; ISBN 978-1-328-58989-7).

Small Doses by Amanda Seales (Abrams Image, $19.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-3450-2).

Dilbert Turns 30 by Scott Adams (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5182-8).

Falling Toward the Moon by Robert M Drake and r.h. Sin (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $17.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5383-9).

Before and AfterBefore and After by Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie (Ballantine Books, $25; ISBN 978-0-593-13014-8).

The Way of the Woodshop by Aleksandra Zee (Dey Street Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-287862-5).

Initiated: Memoir of a Witch by Amanda Yates Garcia (Grand Central Publishing, $27; ISBN 978-1-5387-6305-6).

The Official Bright Line Eating Cookbook by Susan Pierce Thompson (Hay House, $30; ISBN 978-1-4019-5713-1).

One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America by Gene Weingarten (Blue Rider Press, $28; ISBN 978-0-399-16666-2).

The Eight Master Lessons of Nature: What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World by Gary Ferguson (Dutton, $27; ISBN 978-1-5247-4338-3).

Out Loud by Mark Morris and Wesley Stace (Penguin Press, $30; ISBN 978-0-7352-2307-3).

My Drunk Kitchen Holidays!: How to Savor and Celebrate the Year: A Cookbook by Hannah Hart (Plume, $28; ISBN 978-0-525-54143-1).

For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World by Sasha Sagan (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $26; ISBN 978-0-7352-1877-2).

“In Pursuit of Dragons” by Anne Renwick – Audiobook Review

“In Pursuit of Dragons” by Anne Renwick – Audiobook Review

Blurb:

In a laboratory behind the walls of a castle, Natalia Zakharova Kinross, Lady of Kinlarig, hides her many secrets. But for how much longer? For not only is a medical miracle embedded within her skin, a mythological dragon prowls the grounds. And there are men who will stop at little to lay claim to both.

Though Luke Dryden, cryptozoologist, is welcomed back to the castle at the tip of a blade, an old romance ignites. Until a lingering illness acquired in a secret biotechnology facility takes a turn for the worse – all while disaster circles. To help defend a lady and her dragon, he must attempt a risky cure.

As old enemies threaten their future, they will fight back to back in a desperate last stand…

My Thoughts:

In short, listen to the audiobook. My full review of the book itself is here. I enjoyed this story just as much the second time as I did when I first read the book. I really enjoy Natalia and Luke as individuals and as a couple. The science here is also fascinating. But my favorite character in this one is still Kia, the dragon. She has such a precocious personality, I find myself delighted every time she appears. In terms of the audiobook, I really enjoyed this narrator and her narration of the story. She previously narrated “A Trace of Copper” which is one of my favorites in this series. I think Ms. Renwick made and excellent choice with this narrator. If your new to steampunk and want to give it a try this audiobook would be a great way to do that. If you already love steampunk than you need to add this one to your library.

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October 15 Book Releases

The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek (Portfolio, $28; ISBN 978-0-7352-1350-0).

A Dog’s Promise by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-16351-6).

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson (Doubleday, $30; ISBN 978-0-385-53930-2).

The Whole30 Friends & Family: 150 Recipes for Every Social Occasion by Melissa Hartwig (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30 paper over board; ISBN 978-0-358-11579-3).

Olive, AgainOlive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (Random House, $27; ISBN 978-0-8129-9654-8).

If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-289054-2).

Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton (Workman Publishing, $37.50; ISBN 978-1-5235-0648-4).

Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir by Adam Rippon (Grand Central Publishing, $28; ISBN 978-1-5387-3240-3).

A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith by Timothy Egan (Viking, $28; ISBN 978-0-7352-2523-7).

Mixtape Potluck Cookbook: A Dinner Party for Friends, Their Recipes, and the Songs They Inspire by Questlove (Abrams Image, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-4197-3813-5).

Martha Stewart’s Cookie Perfection by Martha Stewart Living editors (Clarkson Potter, $26; ISBN 978-1-5247-6339-8).

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (The Dial Press, $27; ISBN 978-0-593-13282-1).

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27; ISBN 978-1-328-51903-0).

No Stopping Us Now by Gail Collins (Little, Brown, $30; ISBN 978-0-316-28654-1).

You Are Worth It by Kyle Carpenter (William Morrow, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-289854-8).

Finding Christmas by Karen Schaler (William Morrow Paperbacks, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-288371-1).

How to Draw Inky Wonderlands: Create and Color Your Own Magical Adventure by Johanna Basford (Penguin Books, $16.95 paper; ISBN 978-0-14-313394-0).

Dear Girls by Ali Wong (Random House, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-50883-0).

Rachael Ray 50 by Rachael Ray (Ballantine Books, $32; ISBN 978-1-984817-99-0).

Visions from the Upside Down: A Stranger Things Art Book by Ballantine (Del Rey, $35; ISBN 978-1-984821-12-6).

Citizen Outlaw by Charles Barber (Ecco, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-269284-9).

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha (Ecco, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-286885-5).

Hello, Cookie Dough: 110 Doughlicious Confections to Eat, Bake, and Share by Kristen Tomlan (Grand Central Publishing, $28; ISBN 978-1-5387-4888-6).

Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump’s Critics Are Breaking America by Kimberley Strassel (Twelve, $28; ISBN 978-1-5387-0177-5).

Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms by John Hodgman (Viking, $25; ISBN 978-0-525-56110-1).

Milk Street: The New Rules by Christopher Kimball (Voracious, $35; ISBN 978-0-316-42305-2).

Case Against Socialism by Rand Paul (Broadside Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-295486-2).

Will of God by Charles F. Stanley (Howard Books, $26; ISBN 978-1-982104-79-5).

The Ultimate Instant Pot Healthy Cookbook by Coco Morante (Ten Speed Press, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-984857-54-5).

All Cats Are Introverts by Francesco Marciuliano (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $12.99; ISBN 978-1-4494-9563-3).

False Knees by Joshua Barkman (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-4494-9972-3).

Reflection by Tyler Lockett (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5406-5).

Rose That Blooms in the Night by Allie Michelle (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5363-1).

Book of Bones by John Connolly (Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-982127-51-0).

Homewreckers by Aaron Glantz (Custom House, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-286953-1).

The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity by Axton Betz-Hamilton (Grand Central Publishing, $27; ISBN 978-1-5387-3028-7).

The Acid Watcher Cookbook by Jonathan Aviv, MD, FACS with Samara Kaufmann Aviv, MA (Harmony, $19.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-525-57556-6).

The Contender by William J. Mann (Harper, $35; ISBN 978-0-06-242764-9).

Delish Insane Sweets: Bake Yourself a Little Crazy: 100+ Cookies, Bars, Bites, and Treats by Joanna Saltz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22.99 paper over board; ISBN 978-0-358-19334-0).

American Cuisine: And How it Got This Way by Paul Freedman (Liveright, $39.95; ISBN 978-1-63149-462-8).

The Art of Escapism Cooking by Mandy Lee (William Morrow Cookbooks, $35; ISBN 978-0-06-280237-8).

That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug by Emily Flake (Viking, $16; ISBN 978-1-984879-58-5).

The Greatest Fury: The Battle of New Orleans and the Rebirth of America by William C. Davis (Dutton Caliber, $30; ISBN 978-0-399-58522-7).

Reincarnation Stories by Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-68396-261-8).

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer (Minotaur Books, $25.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22895-6).

Sailing True North by Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), (Penguin Press, $28; ISBN 978-0-525-55993-1).

Bloody Genius by John Sandford (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $29; ISBN 978-0-525-53661-1). See my review here.

I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By by Hoda Kotb (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $22; ISBN 978-0-7352-1741-6).

Love Poems for People with Children by John Kenney (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $15; ISBN 978-0-593-08524-0).

Stealth by Stuart Woods (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $28; ISBN 978-0-593-08316-1).

Spirit Hacking by Shaman Durek; foreword by Dave Asprey, (St. Martin’s Essentials, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-21710-3).

Christmas in Vermont by Anita Hughes (St. Martin’s Griffin, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-31591-5).

24 by Willie Mays and John Shea (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99; ISBN 978-1-250-23042-3).

“Y is for Yesterday” by Sue Grafton

“Y is for Yesterday” by Sue Grafton

Narrated by Judy Kaye

Blurb:

In 1979, four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

My Thoughts:

I am a die-hard Kinsey Millhone fan and have read every book in the series but this one I listened to which felt like coming full circle. My first exposure to Kinsey was I don’t even remember how long ago. I was traveling and made a stop at my aunt and uncle’s house and my aunt said I should listen to books on tape while driving and she loaned me this great book she had called “A is for Alibi”. I don’t remember who narrated the first one but it definitely captured my imagination. This latest in the series was no less captivating than the first one. Kinsey seems to be a little bothered to have a case but needs something to do, if for no other reason than to get away from the homeless people camped out in her landlord’s yard. I have to say that Sue Grafton is really an expert at characterization and her characters always act in a way that surprises but seems to fit them completely. That being said, the facts of this case are at times graphic and brutal. The story moves back and forth between the events in 1979 and the “present day” of 1989. I was particularly impressed with the way that the author depicted how the past events, the choices the kids made as teenagers, impacted how their lives played out. These people are haunted by those events, each in different ways, but you get the sense that they will never be able to get away from them.

Finally, I want to give a shout-out to the cat in this story, who plays a key role in catching a bad guy. This book hits all the marks for me and if you haven’t yet met Kinsey, what are you waiting for?

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October 8 Book Releases

Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan (Tor Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-24765-0).

Child’s Play by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-399-17950-1).

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books, $28; ISBN 978-0-399-56248-8).

Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano (Twelve, $25 paper over board; 978-1-5387-3019-5).

What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown, $28; ISBN 978-0-316-43557-4).

Unofficial Guide to Game of Thrones by Kim Renfro (Atria Books, $19.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-982116-40-8).

The Mistletoe Matchmaker by Felicity Hayes-McCoy (Harper Perennial, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-295446-6).

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie (William Morrow, $25.99; ISBN 978-0-06-227166-2).

Marley by Jon Clinch (Atria Books, $27; ISBN 978-1-982129-70-5).

The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury (Flatiron Books, $22.99; ISBN 978-1-250-31542-7).

The Memory Code: The 10-Minute Solution for Healing Your Life Through Memory Engineering by Alexander Loyd , PhD., ND (Grand Central Publishing, $28; ISBN 978-1-5387-6442-8).

25 Days ’Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-295879-2).

Music to My Years: A Mixtape of Growing Up and Standing Up by Cristela Alonzo (Atria, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-5011-8920-3).

The People’s Team: An Illustrated History of the Green Bay Packers by Mark Beech (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35; ISBN 978-1-328-46013-4).

Down to Earth: Laid-back Interiors for Modern Living by Lauren Liess (Abrams, $35; ISBN 978-1-4197-3819-7).

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed Again by Jeremy Greenberg (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $9.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-4494-8797-3).

Submerge by K.Y. Robinson (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5065-4).

What I Lick Before Your Face by Jamie Coleman (Atria Books, $14.99; ISBN 978-1-982127-44-2).

Sasha in Good Taste by Sasha Pieterse (Dey Street Books, $25.99; ISBN 978-0-06-285139-0).

Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey (Howard Books, $26; ISBN 978-1-5011-5546-8).

Passing: A Memoir of Love and Death by Michael Korda (Liveright, $24.95; ISBN 978-1-63149-464-2).

WHAM!, George Michael, and Me: A Memoir by Andrew Ridgeley (Dutton, $28; ISBN 978-1-5247-4531-8).

Grand Union by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-55899-6).

Our Better Angels by Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, foreword by Jimmy Carter, (St. Martin’s Essentials, $25.99; ISBN 978-1-250-23779-8).

Seven Letters by J. P. Monninger (St. Martin’s Griffin, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-18769-7).

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller (St. Martin’s Griffin, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-29785-3).

The Furies by Katie Lowe (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-29789-1).

A Wild and Precious Life by Edie Windsor with Joshua Lyon (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19513-5).

When to Walk Away by Gary Thomas (Zondervan Books, $24.99; ISBN 978-0-310-34676-0).

“A History of Magic and Witchcraft” by Frances Timbers

“A History of Magic and Witchcraft” by Frances Timbers

Blurb:

Broomsticks and cauldrons, familiars and spells: magic and witchcraft conjure vivid pictures in our modern imaginations. The History of Magic and Witchcraft offers a window into the past, illuminating the lives of ordinary people and shining a light on the fascinating pop culture of the pre-modern world.

Blowing away folkloric cobwebs, this enlightening new history dispels many of the misconceptions rooted in superstition and myth that surround witchcraft and magic today. Historian Frances Timbers brings together elements of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, Christianity, popular culture, and gender beliefs that evolved throughout the middle ages and early modern period and contributed to the construction and eventual persecution of the figure of the witch. While demonologists were developing the new concept of Devil worship and the witches’ sabbat, elite men were actually attempting to practice ceremonial magic. In the twentieth century, elements of ceremonial magic and practices of cunning folk were combined with the culturally constructed idea of a sect of witches to give birth first to modern Wicca in England and then to other neopagan movements in North America.

Witchcraft is a metaphor for oppression in an age in which persecution is an everyday occurrence somewhere in the world. Fanaticism, intolerance, prejudice, authoritarianism, and religious and political ideologies are never attractive. Beware the witch hunter!

My Thoughts:
What a perfect time of year for a history of witches and witchcraft. I found this book very intriguing. This book presents a different view of witches and the misconceptions about them. The author starts by going back to the ancient Greek mythology where the idea of a witch first appeared. As the book proceeds, she confronts various specific false beliefs and their origins, such as, wild rides in the night, and sexual liaisons with the devil. The material is well researched and presented in a way that makes it approachable for most any reader. If you’ve been with me a while, you know I love these deep dives into the corners of history and this book was no exception. Fascinating, informative and thought provoking all in one place.
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Old Hobby Rediscovered

Recently I have been rediscovering my creative side and this has led me back to cross stitch. I have a pattern which I purchased back in 2014 and never really got very far. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and I am still in love with colors and the sentiment. So here is what it looks like now. I can’t wait to get it finished and framed. When finished it will say “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy”. Hope you enjoy.