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From the podcast host of The Witch Wave and practicing witch Pam Grossman - who Vulture has dubbed the “Terry Gross of witches” - comes an exploration of the world’s fascination with witches, why they have intrigued us for centuries and why they’re more relevant now than ever.

When you think of a witch, what do you picture? Pointy black hat, maybe a broomstick. But witches in various guises have been with us for millennia. In Waking the Witch, Pam Grossman explores the impact of the world’s most magical icon. From the idea of the femme fatale in league with the devil to the bewitching pop culture archetypes in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Harry Potter; from the spooky ladies in fairy tales to the rise of contemporary witchcraft, witches reflect the power and potential of women. Part cultural analysis, part memoir, Waking the Witch traces the author’s own journey on the path to witchcraft and how this has helped her find self-empowerment and purpose. It celebrates witches past, present, and future and reveals the critical role they have played - and will continue to play - in the world as we know it. 

“Deftly illuminating the past while beckoning us towards the future, Waking the Witch has all the makings of a feminist classic. Wise, relatable, and real, Pam Grossman is the witch we need for our times.” (Ami McKay, author of The Witches of New York)

©2019 Pam Grossman (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Very Educational!

While I knew much of my witch history, I was very entertained by the artists history component. Both ancient and contemporary. Plus I loved listening to another Pam!

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  • 2019-07-12

Super!

I would love to see more ppl of color books about this topics!!! We're here too!

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  • AMH
  • 2019-09-20

Was like a too long podcast

This felt like a podcast that was too long or a book that wasn’t ready to be written. I love Pam and her podcast, but book was a miss for me. Too many pop references and details of movies or other books. I wanted a lot more about being and becoming a witch. More practical daily stuff.

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  • Richard Caranto
  • 2019-10-06

This witch is woke :)

I’m new to witch craft & am still finding my way through the practice. I found this audiobook not only very informative, but also very entertaining & inspiring. I was easily drawn into the subject matter of each chapter & Pam’s soothing & engaging narration only increased my enjoyment while listening to this audiobook. Would highly recommend :)

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  • MSki
  • 2019-09-13

very political

I was hoping to be shown insight to magick and spells but it's all about women's struggles. yes, I get women have been through a lot throughout history but it barely gave any insight into an actual occult.

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  • Twin Mama
  • 2020-03-29

Great book until the later chapters

I really enjoyed this book until the later chapters. it was well written, interesting and educational. Unfortunately, In the later chapters she delved into the current and recent political landscape. She is obviously a dyed in the wool bleeding heart liberal. But that wasn't what bothered me the most. I was very disturbed when she presented that if you did not subscribe to the liberal agenda you are not a true witch. I don't think I really fall squarely in either camp. I take my beliefs from all sides. The politics became so distasteful to me that I was not able to finish the book. My suggestion is to enjoy the book but consider turning it off about halfway through the coven chapter.

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  • Ben
  • 2020-04-01

Misleading Title

If you are looking for a neo-liberal feminist perspective on history and society, then this book is for you. If you are looking for a book about witches, power and really anything occult or supernatural, then I would listen to something else.

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  • M.Fries
  • 2020-02-15

Not good

I was so looking forward to listening to this audiobook, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. The first half talks about fictional witches, some random nonsense that went on and on, and then a rant about feminism and politics. I fast forwarded through most of it hoping it would get better at some point, but had to finally just turn it off. I couldn’t take any more. I was looking for substance and this wasn’t it. Bummer.

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  • Samantha
  • 2020-02-10

Not what I was expecting

This book reads like a student's review paper or essay. Conclusions are presented from lots of pop culture, which is fine, but is poorly constructed. The vocal fry and efforts to end most sentences on a decending vocal note are also noticable and irritating like a flickering light or dropping faucet. I get absolute no joy from being negative, but this just isn't good.

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  • René
  • 2019-08-23

Pam Grossman is the best

I love this book, Pam is so knowledgeable and her voice is so soothing. Can’t wait for her next book... no pressure! :)

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  • 2019-08-19

Excellent Witch Book!

Loved this book, it gives so much cultural history of the witch over time and in popular culture. The author's stories about her own path are delightful as well.

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