xiv, 498 pages : illustrations, map (on lining page) ; 24 cm. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra , the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. Cold stop. There are relatively few of those. It all began in the village of Salem in Massachusetts, when the daughter and niece of clergyman, Reverend Samuel Parris, started convulsing and having fits. As history, The Witches is intelligent and reliable; as a story, it's a trudge over very well-trod ground. “We all subscribe to preposterous beliefs; we just don’t know yet which ones they are. Of the court of Oyer and Terminer, but also the Superior Court. You've been at it for more than a month." What started as a few adolescent girls writhing and convulsing soon metastasized into dozens of "victims," hundreds accused, and communities torn apart. Accounts of the trials were removed from Salem village’s book of transactions, and people generally avoided the topic. Loved it! "Entertainment Weekly (Fall Books Preview)"Schiff, who had a hit with her biography Cleopatra, may get even more attention for her new look at America's infamous witch trials. . I expected this book to be like pretty much all history books, with an introduction and a thesis, something the author was trying to prove. Since a pre-teen girl just happened to be running around my house, being periodically contentious I came away from reading this wondering how on earth the entire colony ending up procreating when this contentiousness seemed to be cause enough to cry "Witch! The answers are astonishing. . Start by marking “The Witches: Salem, 1692” as Want to Read: Error rating book. "Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller"Stacy Schiff has brought her extraordinary gifts as researcher and writer to revivify the old but endlessly compelling story of the 1692 Salem witch hunt. Schiff notes various forms of torture to wean out admissions, which would sometimes come to offset the pain in which people were put. about 100 or so pages in, realizing that I had not yet gotten from you anything of a sign of what you thought was really causing these things to begin to happen. In David Sedaris's world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. SS: Exactly. Now prepare yourself for incredible sensual ... You've devoured The Fifty Shades Trilogy . "The Witches: Salem, 1692" by Stacy Schiff is *obviously* a very well researched book. Stacy Schiff brilliantly teases apart the strands of myth and history. Read news and reviews about the latest best sellers and new releases. A full panoply of marshals and constables accompanied the procession as it rattled across a tidal inlet, up the steep path, and to a rocky ledge along a pasture overlooking the town. While Schiff has marshaled the facts in neat sequential order, the book lacks either a sense of relevance or compelling narrative drive. "Shelby Pope, KQED"This fully documented narrative...will find a welcome audience among readers of witchcraft or colonial histories as well as Schiff's legion of fans. Freya Penhaligon is eagerly awaiting the return of her beau, the historian Tristan I found the beginning half of this book to be very interesting, especially since there's frequent mention of the contentiousness of the young teenage and pre-teen girls in Salem, 1692 - in the court records as accusers and as suspects. She follows each person, in chronological order, from being accused through indictment, trial, and punishment. We have nothing to go on for what her crime actually was supposed to be. I feel like I missed something reading this book. I was ever so excited to start this one because I’d SO enjoyed Cleopatra—that one had me turning pages faster than any fiction thriller ever has and literally brought me to tears in the end—definitely the kind of roller coaster read that we all yearn for but wouldn’t drea. Salem events took place primarily over a nine-month period, between January and September, 1692, though the idea and persecution of witches dates well-back in the colony and for centuries around the world. 707-433-9270 We all think it's women who are being targeted by men. SS: The governor who is totally out of his depth, and doesn't really know what's he's doing, but he does the right thing. Because you know New England smells, and there's very little sense of the odor of New England, and I had to really push to find that details like, say the smell in the air on Wednesdays, or what the interior of a church would have smelled like, and that kind of detail. Also researched were everyone involved, their writings, their motivations, etc. "Publishers Weekly (Most Anticipated Books of the Fall)"The Pulitzer-winning historian conjures a big year for witchcraft hysteria and hangings. What actually is the crime. From a period of time so fraught with scandal and religious ferocity, Stacy Schiff is able to construct a powerful and well-paced book that offers readers insight into the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. And what's fascinating about Salem, of course, is, afterward, the fact that it doesn't happen again. I think that's part of the problem, is that we've always tried to be a bit simplistic in explaining what happened, and that there are so many factors at work. You would imagine, from a certain perspective now, that the form this would take would be that the men in authoritarian power would be silencing obstreperous adolescent girls. Thorough non-fiction detailing the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and the time period and society right before and after. Those things come to a head in 1689 with the ousting of [Governor] Andros. The idea was to dispense with the convicted witch as publically as possible; Bishop rode to her death as an enchantress and an example. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic. But in generating the idea for this book I was specifically thinking about pivotal moments in time, and specifically in American history, where women play a key role and really, that comes down to Salem and Suffrage. Jane Kamensky's review in the NYT says it all for me: Thorough non-fiction detailing the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and the time period and society right before and after. overdrive:56ac0b39-9078-4c1d-9b02-76681a7303a7, Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read, overdrive:bbcfe7c2-8b0f-456a-8d54-7b3f043b004f, OverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive Listen. I assumed (silly me) that the thesis of this book would have to do with what caused the trials. This scene, from Stacy Schiff’s new book, “The Witches: Salem, 1692,” is a typical example of the encounters between the girls and the accused witches: “She had no sooner dismounted and entered the house than Ann began to choke. I'm curious about this book albeit a little leery. To back to your question: Yes, it has that gothic feel, and that speaks again to part of our obsession with it. What Schiff uncovers is mesmerizing and shocking. So a certain amount of that was my being aware, as I was working, that I really wanted to keep an open mind until the material could convince me of what it was trying to say. (415) 763-3052 I was a little bit struck by my own ignorance. As such, the hunting out of witches and their subsequent trials became a long-standing biblical war, akin to that found in the Book of Revelations, on which the Puritans based their fervour. He's the one person who could have said, "Something is amiss; this evidence is very compelling, but we're not going to prosecute." A lot of what was discussed are actual transcripts of the the trials, what still exists anyway. I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Little Brown through a giveaway listed on Shelf Awareness, making me grateful enough to read every word of this book, or I might have given up on it. Part of the problem with the way we've approached Salem before is that we're determined to have an answer, and the determining to have an answer means that you go in with preconceived notions. In an age when superstition remains a vibrant and dangerous force, her book is, alas, also relevant. First of all, a biography, no matter how much you want to play with the form (and I've played with the form a certain amount with biography), always has to speak to certain questions and to a certain form. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra , the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. Materials returns are accepted at the Main Library and Meadows. This was definitely a scary time in colonial America and Schiff effectively portrays it, without the bells and whistles of a Hollywood storyline. That's one problem. "New York Magazine (Best of the Fall)"Riveting nonfiction. Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. Schiff (Cleopatra) traces the course of the witch hunts, detailing each player, accusation, confabulation, court appearance, and execution. 707-293-2109 There’s probably no event in American history that looms so large in proportion to its size and impact than the Salem Witch Trials of 1692-93. Now they say there is above seven hundred in all --, Now they say there is above seven hundred in all. BNR: One of which is absolutely counterfactual. The result is a surprisingly atmospheric, even gothic work. You really get the sense of the wilderness that surrounds this community. With international relations, you have papers and you have statements and you have proclamations. Noticed that some say it is "Fantasy", or "Fiction". It is dramatic history and also a timeless thriller: who-or what-drove a New England town to madness three centuries ago, resulting in the deaths of nineteen men and women for 'witchcraft?'
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