HarperSanFrancisco, September 2006
Magic has stepped out of the movies, morphed from the pages of fairy tales, and is more present in America today than you might expect. Soccer moms get voodoo head washings in their backyards, young American soldiers send chants toward pagan gods of war, and a seemingly normal family determines that they are in fact elves. National bestselling author and award-winning religion reporter Christine Wicker leaves no talisman unturned in her hunt to find what's authentic and what's not in America's burgeoning magical reality. From the voodoo temples of New Orleans to the witches' covens of Salem to a graveyard in north Florida, Wicker probes the secrets of an underground society and teaches lessons she never dreamed could be taught. What she learns repels her, challenges her, and changes her in ways she never could have imagined. And if you let it, it might change you, too.
paperback | ISBN: 9780060741150 | Publication Date: September 2006
"Readers will find themselves unable to put this book down."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"For the curious and open-minded, her book is marvelous."
--Booklist (starred review)
"Droll, deadpan humor."
"Though her tongue is never far from her cheek, [Wicker] concludes it's worth paying close attention to a trend followed by millions that 'most of us don't even know [is]