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Review: Stacy Schiff’s ‘The Witches’ Filled with Surprises and Lessons

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In 1692, at the edge of colonial settlement in the New World—a place that a visitor once called a “remote, rocky, barren, bushy, wild-woody wilderness”—panic had set in. It began during an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when, without warning, a minister’s niece inexplicably began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, after 19 men and women—and two dogs—had been executed for witchcraft. The most educated men and prominent politicians were involved in the terror that swept over the young colony. “A daughter accused her mother, who in turn accused her mother, who accused a neighbor and a minister,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff. “A wife and daughter denounced their husband and father. Husbands implicated wives;…

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Scary Stories: 3 Books for When the Halloween Candy Disappears

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As the moon rises on another Halloween night, candy is the thing. But as the festivities wind down – and the sugar rush is in full swing – you’ll want to settle down with a deliciously scary book. That’s when R.J. Julia Booksellers and general manager Lori Fazio step in to satisfy your craving. Going strong for over a quarter-century and winner of several major awards, including Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year and Connecticut Magazine’s Best Bookstore, R.J. Julia previously helped us out with some fantastic Y.A. titles. Now, they’re back with three diverse Halloween goodies: Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (Arthur A. Levine Books, October 6, 2015) “What is Halloween…

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