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Salem Witch Trial (nonfiction)
Salem, The dateline is as recognizable as any in American history. And yet the plague of witches that besieged Salem and its environs that year has spawned more than books, nearly 1, dissertations and twice as many scholarly articles written in at least 10 languages, including Korean, Turkish and Mandarin , to say nothing of the novels, plays, ballets and movies based more or less loosely on that more or less true story. Historians, like terriers, are diggers, but Salem offers stony soil for discovery. Still, scholars have offered astonishingly fresh interpretations from sources long since chewed over. Schiff has read these works, and much more; her endnotes show that she and her team of researchers — she credits eight of them in her acknowledgments — have mined the literature voraciously.
Does the Halloween season have your kids peppering you with questions about whether witches are real? These five books delve a fascinating and harrowing episode in American history: the Salem Witch Trials. Each offers its own twist, so read on to find out which will best please the young historian in your house.
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It started with a prickling sensation on their skin. Then Abigail Williams, 11, and her cousin Betty Parris, 9, complained of feeling pinches and bites. They howled, writhed, went rigid and spoke gibberish. Friends and neighbors gathered in their house to pray and sing psalms. Weeks later, a well-meaning neighbor hit on a solution.
Fall is fast approaching, which means Halloween will be here before you know it, as will a flood of stories and products featuring broom-riding, wart-nosed, curse-casting witches. While autumn is generally affiliated with the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, the comfortable return of oversized sweaters, and the iconic taste of pumpkin spice everything, the season is often associated with one other thing: witches. With their pointy hats and boiling cauldrons in hand, these magical and often misunderstood women take over everything from your bookshelf and your television screen to your wardrobe and your home decor. Even makeup and fashion brands release products like mystical-themed eyeshadow palettes, wand-shaped brushes to witch-inspired accessories. Wicca is, after all, a very real, very religion that people all over the world practice, people who have historically been persecuted for their beliefs. While plenty of consumers, book-lovers included, are ready to work witch-inspired pieces into their wardrobe and magical stories into their reading rotations, many remain ignorant about the real people, and the real practices, behind it. If you want to learn more about witches , pick up one of these seven nonfiction books about religion, magic, healing, and more.