Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power
A celebration of witches and everyday individuals whose independence and self-possession fuel their resistance and rebellion against the long-standing social contract of female disempowermentA rich and unique mix of historical events, literary references, and contemporary popular media inform keen observations on how we have arrived at a place in which feminism and witchcraft find a cultural convergence. Reminiscent of Sarah Vowell's work and equally affecting, this intellectually satisfying, personally liberating, and remarkably humorous classic is recommended for readers of women's history, paganism, witchcraft, and feminism." * Library Journal (starred review) * "[A] beguiling exploration of witches across history, myth, art and pop culture. Part history, part memoir, part effervescent feminist manifesto, the book takes readers on an exhilarating ride through witchy archetypes...The book fizzes with an infectious energy and paints a compelling picture of witches in all their shape-shifting complexity." * Times Literary Supplement * Pam Grossman has written a flowing history that I scarfed down like an eclair. She reminds us that witches are not monsters so much as possibilities. The archetypal, swirling symbol of Witch is a guide to remind us that we are allowed to act on our desires AND congratulate ourselves for choosing to. I hope this book makes everyone who reads it ask themselves What do I deny myself and why? I started this book all in, but when I read the sentence Show me your witches, and Ill show you your feelings about women, I knew I was done for." -- Singer-songwriter Neko Case A fun, informative glimpse of witchcraft... Waking the Witch reflects Grossmans ability to cast her spell with memoir, storytelling, journalism, and history. Feminists will appreciate Grossmans in-depth, woman-focused history and analysis. A must-add for public and academic collections. * Booklist * A fun study Feminist readers will be pleased by Grossmans deconstruction of witch clichs. * Publishers Weekly * Pam Grossman already hosts the inspiring podcast 'The Witch Wave,' and has translated her knowledge of witchhood into relatable, inspiring memoir pages. From personal experience to intriguing knowledge, Grossman breaks the stigmas of what the entertainment industry has made witches out to be, and speaks of the spiritual journey she's discovered within the title. * Newsweek * 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 "A masterful and moving meditation on female power and persecution, Waking the Witch deftly lifts the veil between fact and fiction, indulging joyfully and critically in the distortions and delectations that have surrounded magical women for millennia. Pam Grossman is a beacon in the world of contemporary witchcraft and neo-paganism, and this comprehensive work grounded in scholarship and cultural criticism is brought to life through intimate stories from her own life and spiritual practice. Waking the Witch is an artful gateway into a history that is both profoundly and painfully relevant today. Whether youre intrigued by or deeply committed to the who, what, when, where, and why of the witch, this book is for you." -- Kristen J. Solle, author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive Conjuring a contemporary perspective on the witch in both fact and fiction, Pam Grossman lays the breadcrumbs, connecting the corners from devilish cohort to bubblegum hero and all the identities between. Sublime, witty and often deeply personal, she draws you into her circle, that of the Divine Feminine and her Earthly practitioners. -- Nicola Scott, Wonde
Pam Grossman is the creator and host of The Witch Wave podcast and the author of What is a Witch. Her writing has appeared in such outlets as The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, Ms., and her occulture blog, Phantasmaphile. She is cofounder of the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU, and her art exhibitions and magical projects have been featured in such publications as Artforum, Art in America, and The New Yorker. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their feline familiar. You can find her at PamGrossman.com and @Phantasmaphile.