For those of you who have been reading for a while I tend to post a fun tag or meme on Friday’s to get us into the weekend spirit.
The Book Beginnings on Friday book meme was created by Rose City Reader, where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
Interested to see what my current read had in store for me? Keep on reading to find out.
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A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts by J.W. Ocker
Publisher: Countryman Press (November 11, 2016)
Print Length: 338 pages
Salem, Massachusetts, may be the strangest city on the planet. A single event in its 400 years of history―the Salem Witch Trials of 1692―transformed it into the Capital of Creepy in America. But Salem is a seasonal town―and its season happens to be Halloween. Every October, this small city of 40,000 swells to more than a quarter million as witches, goblins, ghouls, and ghosts (and their admirers) descend on Essex Street. For the fall of 2015, occult enthusiast and Edgar Award-winning writer J.W. Ocker moved his family of four to downtown Salem to experience firsthand a season with the witch, visiting all of its historical sites and macabre attractions. In between, he interviews its leaders and citizens, its entrepreneurs and visitors, its street performers and Wiccans, its psychics and critics, creating a picture of this unique place and the people who revel in, or merely weather, its witchiness.
“Salem, Massachusetts, is the strangest city in the United States – and that’s a country full of strange cities.”
Salem, Massachusetts very well could be the strangest city in the United States, and yet, it is still on the top of my visit list when I think about travelling to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Teased more as a ‘stay-alouge than travelouge’, A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, has intrigued me ever since I added it to my TBR bookshelf almost a year ago. I’m eager to see why Ocker thinks Salem deserves the moniker of ‘Strangest city in the US’ and hope that a review will be up soon.
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And that is my contribution to the Book Beginnings on Friday conversation. What is the first sentence of the book you’re reading right now? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.