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Witchy Reads for Fall

    A Discovery of Witches

    A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

    Discovering a magical manuscript in Oxford’s library, scholar Diana Bishop, a descendant of witches who has rejected her heritage, inadvertently unleashes a fantastical underworld of daemons, witches and vampires whose activities center around an enchanted treasure.
    Hex

    Hex - Thomas Olde Heuvelt

    Still haunted by a seventeenth-century witch, the townspeople of Black Spring try to contain the curse, but a group of bored, rebellious teenagers go viral with the story, forcing the town into the medieval practices of the past.
    The Daylight Gate

    The Daylight Gate - Jeanette Winterson

    Alice Nutter fights for justice when a group of women are accused of witchcraft during the reign of England's James I, when being Catholic is considered an act of treason and the Latin High Mass is comparable to the satanic Black Mass.
    The Fifth Petal

    The Fifth Petal - Brunonia Barry

    When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween, chief of police John Rafferty suspects it may be linked to the triple homicide twenty-five years earlier involving three descendants of Salem Witch Trial victims.
    The Hangman's Daughter

    The Hangman's Daughter - Oliver Pötzsch

    Set in the mid-1600s in the Bavarian town of Schongau, a hangman, Jakob Kuisl, is asked to find out whether an ominous tattoo found on a dying boy means that witchcraft has come to town in this first book of The Hangman's Daughter series.
    The Penguin Book of Witches

    The Penguin Book of Witches - Katherine Howe

    From a 1597 manual for witch hunters by King James to court papers from the Salem witch trials, primary source documents provide historical accounts of accused witches from medieval Europe to early-nineteenth century America.
    The Return of the Witch

    The Return of the Witch - Paula Brackstone

    After the warlock, Gideon, captures the witch, Tegan, Elizabeth must try to find the girl she has come to regard as her own daughter. By the New York Times best-selling author of The Witch's Daughter.
    The Widows of Eastwick

    The Widows of Eastwick - John Updike

    More than three decades after the events of The Witches of Eastwick, Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, all now widowed, return to the Rhode Island seaside town of Eastwick for the summer after many years away and find themselves dealing with the lingering legacy of their evil deeds, the shocks of a mysterious counterspell, and the inroads of aging.
    The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World

    The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World - David Jaher

    Describes the showdown between Harry Houdini, escape artist and unmasker of charlatans, and the wife of a Boston surgeon who impressed many people, including Arthur Conan Doyle and an investigative committee, with her supposed supernatural powers as a medium.
    The Witch of Painted Sorrows

    The Witch of Painted Sorrows - M.J. Rose

    Fleeing her abusive husband for her grandmother's mansion in Belle Époque Paris, Sandrine ignores warnings that the house is not safe and explores the occult underground with her architect lover before becoming possessed by a witch courtesan's spirit.
    The Witch: And Other Tales Re-told

    The Witch: And Other Tales Re-told - Jean Thompson

    Presents a collection of stories that put a modern twist on classic fairy tales, depicting characters ranging from lost children who try to find their way home to adults who confront their past misdeeds.
    The Witches of New York

    The Witches of New York - Ami McKay

    A tale inspired by Manhattan's 19th-century witchcraft revival finds a celebrated teahouse proprietress and a gifted medium teaming up with a dream interpreter in the aftermath of a psychic colleague's disappearance.
    The Witchfinder's Sister

    The Witchfinder's Sister - Beth Underdown

    A tale inspired by the witch hunts of mid-17th-century England follows the experiences of Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkin's disgraced sister—who, upon returning, pregnant and unmarried, to her brother's home—discovers how he is targeting the marginalized women of their community.
    Wildalone

    Wildalone - Krassi Zourkova

    Away from her family and homeland for the first time, Princeton freshman Thea Slavin becomes romantically involved with two brothers who draw her into a sensual mythic underworld where she uncovers a terrifying truth about her family.
    Witches on the Road Tonight

    Witches on the Road Tonight - Sheri Holman

    His private life shattered amid rumors of his mother's witchcraft activities, Eddie Alley leaves his Depression-era Virginia hometown to begin a television career in New York and finds the past returning years later when he offers shelter to a homeless teen.
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