October Book of the Month: Practical Magic


Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic is a fever dream of beautiful prose about real women going through real things with just a sprinkle of magic. In this strange and difficult time, we thought we, as a community, need to read a book about sisterhood, womanhood, love, reality, hope, and grounded enchantment.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have also endured that fate: As children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their darkened house, their love concoctions and their crowd of black cats. All Gillian and Sally wanted to do was escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back to each other, and to the magic they could not escape.

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There’s a movie Practical Magic, and you may have seen it. It’s beautiful and a must-watch, but the book is very different and has a different tone. A little less Hollywood, a little more womanhood.

Enjoy with lavender tea, a pumpkin candle, warm socks, and a blanket. Stay tuned for our discussion questions, witches!

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