We’re now entering the last month of fall, and it’s Scorpio season. We are ready with three book recommendations that we hope Scorpios will like: contemporary fairy tales, a mystery thriller, and an exploration of the history of witches (of sorts). And while it’s a Halloween season as well, we’ve also decided to make our set of recommendations relevant to this faboolous holiday.
So let’s take a look at the books we’ve selected:
SanTana’s Fairy Tales
By Sarah Rafael García
The first book we’ve selected for our dear Scorpios is a collection of stories that blend Mexican and European folklore with sketches from contemporary American life. Authored by Sarah Rafael García, SanTana’s Fairy Tales is a book of contemporary fairytales based on the lives of Mexican/Mexican-American residents of Santa Ana. Why this place? Probably because it’s a border town to “the happiest place on Earth,” yet, people are hardly ever happy there. Since it’s a book of fairy tales, it’s full of modern interpretations of various fairy tale characters (e.g., witches, Hansel and Gretel). We suggest Scorpios try this book one of these gloomy fall days, especially if you don’t remember when was the last time you read a fairy tale. Rest assured, there will be plenty of realism blended with vivid imagery and examples of human perseverance.
The Taiga Syndrome
By Cristina Rivera Garza; Translated By Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana
Our second recommendation is part fairy tale, part mystery thriller (yes, exactly Scorpios’ favorite). You may wonder, “A fairy tale, again?!” Wait, it’s not exactly that. The Taiga Syndrome is a story of an unnamed female ex-detective who enters a mysterious snow forest in search of a missing couple and has to face her recollections of the past. This mysterious detective story may remind you of the Scandinavian narrative of Borges. Yet, only to a certain extent, because it speaks in a completely different voice—a Mexican one—which was skillfully translated into English. We very much recommend this book to Scorpios as, according to some reviews, it’s a multisensory experience,” “a mind-bending take on the relentless pursuit of lost love,” and “a slippery gem of a book.” So please, give it a try.
Toil and Trouble: A Women’s History of the Occult
By Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson
The last recommendation, both for Scorpios and everyone else, is the book that explores the history of witches. Yet, it’s not just the historical description of past cases when witches were burned on Medieval fires. It’s an exploration of the modern mysticism manifestations —through a feminist lens—and a celebration of forgotten magical women. Toil and Trouble: A Women’s History of the Occult describes mystical people from the US history who used supernatural powers to gain power. You’ll learn about Dion Fortune, who tried to marshal a magical army against Hitler; Marie Laveau, voodoo queen of New Orleans; Joan Quigley, personal psychic to Nancy Reagan; and many others you’ve probably never heard of. Goodreads offers a range of contrasting reviews for this book—from bad to excellent—but we urge you to form your own impression. At the very least, you’ll learn a lot about the topic; that’s for sure.