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Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a practicing witch, follows up two critically acclaimed memoirs with White Magic, an astute lyrical essay collection about faith and struggle. Frank in their descriptions of addiction and mental illness, these essays are spellbinding explorations of magic in many forms, often evoking magic in the text itself through repetition and symbolism. Washuta draws on ancestral belief systems but also finds wonder in pop culture and random daily interactions. It’s also a powerful claim of ownership, resistance to the widespread whitewashing of Native practices and beliefs.

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