I finally finished A Season with the Witch, by J.W. Ocker, about a month he spent living in Salem, Massachusetts- October. He covers the witch culture in all its forms- the historical witches, Halloween, Wicca, and what it all means today. It was enjoyable and very very light. As a native of the area I enjoyed reading about my old haunts (no pun intended) and an outsider's take on a culture that is very close to my heart. The tone felt a little too flippant to me now and then but basically if you're curious about Salem it's a nice introduction and explanation of the city's contemporary culture.
Late last week I started Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. I picked this up a while back and finally started reading. It's pretty intense. After two kind of light history books, this is a big change- gritty, violent and emotionally challenging. I think I'm going to like it.
Fiction-wise I'm working my way through last week's reads, The Patriots and The Sellout. Still enjoying them! I couldn't find The Sellout for most of last week which is why I'm not further along. It's so good!