Cicero, Chic, and Sandra Tabatha Cicero. Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot: Keys to the Rituals, Symbolism, Magic and Divination. 2nd ed. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2019.
I recently read Rachel Pollack’s book Tarot Wisdom, which included reproductions of the Golden Dawn deck that comes with Cicero and Cicero’s book. I loved the deck’s imagery and wanted a copy for myself.
Clark, Marcia Kauffman. The Carol of Christmas: Life Story of Christmas Carol Kauffman. Honeoye Falls, NY: Digital Legend Press, 2008.
Christmas Carol Kauffman was a prolific Mennonite writer in the mid-twentieth century. I’ve heard my mother and her siblings talk about reading her work when they were growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. Kauffman is an underexplored figure in the field of Mennonite literature, presumably because her work is didactic, so I don’t know much about her. I’m excited to read this biography by her daughter to learn more.
Rivera, Gabby. Juliet Takes a Breath. New York: Dial Books, 2019.
I love this novel. It’s about a queer Puerto Rican from the Bronx like me, but it’s also a wonderful story about the power of books to change people’s lives. It was first published in 2016 in paperback by Riverdale Avenue Books and then went out of print, and I am glad that a large publisher has given it a home in hardcover. The original publication is not mentioned anywhere in this volume’s paratext, so I do not know if it is a revised version or if it is simply reprinted. The book itself is beautiful, with endpapers dedicated to the Bronx and to Portland, Oregon, the book’s two locales, so kudos to Dial’s designers.
Pollack, Rachel. Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2008.
I read Pollack’s classic Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom last week and profoundly enjoyed it, so I decided to get another one of her books.
Robinson, Dawn G. Pamela Colman Smith, Tarot Artist: The Pious Pixie. Stroud, UK: Fonthill Media, 2020.
Part of my recent tarot exploration has involved an emphasis on different cards’ designs. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom is especially good on this subject. Smith designed the famous Rider-Waite deck and had a fascinating life that I am interested in learning more about.
Metres, Philip. Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront Since 1941. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2007.
I’ve been reading a lot about poetry’s role in society lately because of the pandemic and came across a citation of this book, which looks fascinating, so I decided to buy it.
Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness. Newburyport, MA: Weiser Books, 2019.
I received this and Warner’s book as anniversary gifts from my partner. I’ve read some of Pollack’s tarot poetry and enjoyed it, so I look forward to reading her classic volume about interpreting the cards.
Swarstad Johnson, Julie. Orchard Light: Poems. Lewisburg, PA: Seven Kitchens Press, 2020.
I first encountered Swarstad Johnson’s poetry earlier this year at the Mennonite Arts Festival and became an immediate fan of it. I bought this chapbook as soon as it was released.
Warner, Andrea. Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography. Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2018.
I had not heard of Sainte-Marie before receiving this book, but the dust jacket makes her sound quite interesting, and I look forward to learning more about her.
Morris, Marla, Mary Aswell Doll, and William F. Pinar, eds. How We Work. New York: Peter Lang, 1999.
This is a collection of essays by writers in a number of different fields about their writing processes. One of my goals during my sabbatical has been to read a lot about writing in order to improve my own and to think about where I want my writing to go in the future. I saw a citation for this book and thought it would be helpful for this goal, and I found a new, inexpensive copy for sale, so I decided to buy it.
Pollack, Rachel. Fortune’s Lover: A Book of Tarot Poems. New York: A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2009.
Tarot has become a daily part of my life this year, and poetry is also a daily part of my life, so I was excited to hear about this collection that combines the two. I ordered it several months ago and was told it would be delayed due to the pandemic. It arrived today from Spain (which is where it was printed)! An enjoyable surprise.