Monday, August 30, 2010

Books to Read Together

Not necessarily with another person, although that could be convivial.  Especially if you read out loud.  These are just three books that struck me as entertaining and similar in theme.  They're fairly new books but not so new they have long waiting lists.  Perfect! Here they are: 
Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry

What do these babies have in common, you ask?  They each have some sort of witchcraft driving the story, but you can drown in books on that subject.  These books are about 'recipes' passed down from generation to generation of women, hidden from the outside world.  In the case of Katherine Howe's novel the book of enchantments is pretty much misplaced.  Baker and Brunonia write of spell 'books' whose format is part of the puzzle.  Howe's book is a fairly straight-forward (highly enjoyable) potboiler, the other two more thoughtful and inventive. Yet fun!  The books differ in tone but, if you like one there's a good chance you'll like the others. I did!

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