Halloween: Magical Reading

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

Witches and Halloween go hand-in-hand. Pick up one of these witchy novels for a good read this week.

The Witches of Eastwick book jacket

Selected by Time magazine as one of the five best books of the year, The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike follows three divorced witches who live in New England. A new man moves to their small town and seduces them all.

For some chick lit, try Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky where librarian Jane finds some magic books and starts experimenting with spells. Soon, she’s irresistible to men and working more magic in this humorous novel.

Owens women have been witches for centuries in the book, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. Now, two sisters raised by their aunts experience love and tragedy against a backdrop of magic.

Solstice Wood book jacket

A gothic tale, Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip depicts bookstore owner Sylvia who returns to the old house where she was raised by her grandparents after her grandfather dies. Invited by her grandmother to the “Fiber Guild” – a coven of witches protecting the town from the evil fairies, Sylvia faces her secret in this magical world.

Maggie, a housewife in England, discovers a hundred-year-old witch’s journal in Dark Sister by Graham Joyce. With this journal Maggie develops her own powers and awakens the “Dark Sister” described in the diary.

Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong combines romance with the supernatural. Twenty-something Paige becomes the leader of the Coven after her mother, a witch, is murdered.

The Last Witchfinder book jacket

Set in 17th century England and Salem, MA, The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow depicts a young woman, Jennet, whose father hunts down witches for a living. After her Aunt is unjustly burned at the stake, Jennet makes it her goal to eliminate the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act.

Paulo Coelho’s Brida: A Novel follows a young woman looking for knowledge and something more. As she learns about the spiritual world, she struggles with the desire to become a witch.

A gothic novel, The Book of Shadows by James Reese features a young orphan girl who is raised by nuns in a convent in the French countryside during the nineteenth century. A prank leads to witchcraft accusations, but she is rescued by mysterious creatures.

Bestselling author Anne Rice began her chronicle of the Mayfair witches in The Witching Hour. Spanning four centuries, this book moves through history to tell the story of this dynasty of witches and the being that haunts them – Lasher.

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