This is a novel to savor and let it slide into your consciousness. Ethereal yet totally grounded in history. This is a novel that is majestic and is for anyone who loved Gyasi’s Homegoing or McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. Epic in nature, this novel covers 400 years of history in an African American dynasty ; centered around Ailey Pearl Garfield a girl (in the 1980s ) who has to live up to all three names and their histories. Simply put I am awestruck by Jeffers ‘ accomplishment. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
This is the perfect sequel for arguably one of my all time favorite memoirs The Salt Path.
What I love about “Wild Silence” is the juxtaposition of the intimate setting of the farm that Raynor & Moth take on to rescue and re-wild and the big “jaunt” across Iceland and how both projects create such a dramatic response physically and emotionally in Raynor, Winn and the reader. I also love that Raynor’s writing is scholarly without being academic, sympathetic without self pity. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
This is a magical little tome, a review of different artists' art works of trees with poetry and some tree lore included. This book is a gem perfect for meditation or to keep handy in your own creative space. Beautifully presented elegant and eloquent in its simplicity. A perfect gift as well. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
In this marvelous memoir Diana takes us into the world of Celtic Earth learning (some where between Druidry, the Brehorn Laws which were ancient 1000 years ago and the modern sciences of Biochemistry & Botany ( Beresford-Kroger’s expertise). There are so many levels of learning in this book where Diana educates and inspires us to look to the past and blend modern science to heal and save the future all the while telling us the amazing story of her own life. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan
This is one of the best, most satisfying Concluding volumes of a beloved series that I have read in a long time. From Practical Magic onward Alice Hoffman wove the individual stories of the Owens women through the tumultuous eye of history, threading important issues through a rich tapestry of earth magic traditions. And here in the culminating volume all the women from Maria in the 17 century onward are fully drawn and their stories told and the curse’s source explored. What is so magical about this quartet is you can start with any volume and find adventure, heartache and wisdom but truly the Book of Magic is perfection. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan