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Witches of America is a seeker’s memoir told through a quilted veil: a collection of strong, journalistic profiles of several fascinating American practitioners of the occult. Through these witches, priests and necromancers, Alex Mar surveys the history and modern practice of various forms of witchcraft in America, while investigating her own longing ‘to be disturbed, shaken into believing.’”

– THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW (Notable Book of 2015)

“What will resonate most with readers is [Mar’s] genuine and touching search for transcendence…”

– THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Weird and wonderful…”

– ELLE

Witches, priests and priestesses, and even a necromancer receive a sympathetic, humanizing treatment as Mar encourages empathy for the ‘outer edges’ of society…Whatever one’s spiritual inclinations, Mar’s search for ‘something transcendent’ is bewitching.

– PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

Written with a beguiling blend of heart and wit, Witches of America sustains its thrall…With the depth and scope of her curiosity, Alex Mar compelled me to follow her…on a breathless, deepening, and constantly surprising quest.

– LESLIE JAMISON

“Witches of America is brave and sharp and tenaciously researched. I would never have described myself as someone ‘interested in witchcraft’—Alex Mar’s book left me feeling the fault had been mine.

– JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN

Witches of America could be seen as a Gulliverian journey through various oddball sects scattered from California to New England, all of whom believe in salvation through Magick—but the book is so much more than that. This is a quest to come to terms with the Unknowable.”

– RICHARD PRICE

“Mar writes about her subject and its practitioners with empathy and genuine curiosity…Deeply compelling…”

– BUZZFEED BOOKS

Witches are gathering… When most people hear the word “witches,” they think of horror films and Halloween, but to the nearly one million Americans who practice Paganism today, witchcraft is a nature-worshipping, polytheistic, and very real religion. So Alex Mar discovers when she sets out to film a documentary and finds herself drawn deep into the world of present-day magic. Read More…

Alex Mar is a writer based in her hometown of New York City. Her first book, Witches of America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 in non-fiction, a New York Times Editors’ Pick, among The Millions’ “Most Anticipated Books” of 2015, one of The Believer‘s “Favorite Books” and Huffington Post Books’ “Most Notable” of 2015, and a Marie Claire “Top Book-Club Pick.” Some of her recent work has appeared in The Believer, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, Tin House, The Oxford American (where she is a contributing editor), and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015; and her essays were included in both Longreads’ and BuzzFeed’s “Best of 2016” year-end lists. She is also the director of the feature-length documentary American Mystic, currently streaming on Amazon.

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