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Practical Magic

Hoffman, Alice (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Practical Magic
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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Dovekeepers ... For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. And Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well; as children, the sisters were outsiders. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, but all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back-almost as if by magic...
Authors: Hoffman, Alice
Title: Practical magic
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2003, c1995
Characteristics: 286 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Alice Hoffman
Notes: Originally published in hardcover 1995, by G.P. Putnam & Sons
ISBN: 9780425190371
0425190374
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOFFMAN
Subject Headings: Women Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Paranormal fiction
Topical Term: Women
LCCN: 94047013
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For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town.

The story of two sisters, Gillian & Sally Owens, brought up by their elderly guardian aunts in a small New England town. The aunts possess magic that they in turn hand down to their nieces.


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Alice Hoffman's magical realism and prose delight me. I will eat her words (in the best, most delicious way possible).

I think of this as one of my "safety blanket books" that I have reread countless times. Sometimes I'll just pick it up and read a portion because it makes me feel comfortable and happy - hence, safety blanket book.

Nov 20, 2012
  • epurys rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It's sacrilege when people prefer the movie over the book, especially when the book isn't pandering to its audience. Hoffman has a certain touch to all her books and has just the right amount of detail to give you an idea of what's going on. In comparison to the movie, this book isn't strictly plot driven. It mostly describes the lives of the characters and the transformations they go through. In comparison to the movie....it's more honest and authentic. The movie touches at your romantic core while the book is just touching. Nuff said.

Jun 13, 2012
  • sldoug rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good, relatively light reading. I loved how magic was casually interspersed into the story.

Nov 12, 2011
  • cmwallsm rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An enjoyable way to spend some free time. The magical aspect in all of Hoffman's books (at least the ones I've read thus far) is always fun. Relationships and love are are at the forefront here, so it's definitely chick-lit.

Jun 24, 2011
  • aliciamccreath rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book was good, not great. Oddly, i liked the movie better.

Jun 11, 2009
  • kleaver rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Not the greatest book. Watch the movie instead.

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