• The cover of the book A Discovery of Witches (Movie Tie-In)

    A Discovery of Witches (Movie Tie-In)

    Fiction: Fanciful as well as historical, Harkness creates a veracity within this trilogy that’s difficult to achieve in fiction. Like many modern witches, Diana Bishop tries to deny her powers, only to find them taking over her life. Intelligently romantic witch fiction with one the most compelling vampires ever created. Deborah Harkness, herself a historian, has created a world of alchemy, magic, and mystery so compelling that you’ll want to linger.

     
  • The cover of the book The Penguin Book of Witches

    The Penguin Book of Witches

    Non-fiction: This is one of the better source books for anyone interested in the historical accounts of the witch trials of both New England and Europe. Howe’s insights and writing style make this wealth of material accessible for all readers, not just those involved in research.

     
  • The cover of the book Practical Magic

    Practical Magic

    Fiction: A classic, this book initially piqued my interest in all things magical. Sisters Gillian and Sally Owens are blamed for everything that goes wrong in their Massachusetts town. With aunts who are practicing witches—ostracized publicly, yet sought out when love spells are called for—this is a classic woman’s tale. Humor, mystery and great family dynamics make this one of my favorite stories.