28 DoBR: The Witches by Stacy Schiff

This is one of the many non-fiction books I own. I got it during a trip to the local bookstore hoping to find something for research that I could use in my own way for writing. I discovered new facts thanks to this and believe this is a must have for any history buff.

The one thing I found super interesting is the list of celebrities that descended from the Salem ‘witches’. I was surprised..M.I.C.K.E.Y M.O.U S.E, well sort of. Also if you sang the spelling in your head instead of spelling it you’re my kind of person!

Synopsis:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. 

The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.

As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff’s account of this fantastical story-the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

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