White Magic by Elissa Washuta audiobook

White Magic: Essays

By Elissa Washuta
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Throughout her life, Elissa Washuta has been surrounded by cheap facsimiles of Native spiritual tools and occult trends, "starter witch kits" of sage, rose quartz, and tarot cards packaged together in paper and plastic. Following a decade of abuse, addiction, PTSD, and heavy-duty drug treatment for a misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, she felt drawn to the real spirits and powers her dispossessed and discarded ancestors knew, while she undertook necessary work to find love and meaning. In this collection of intertwined essays, she writes about land, heartbreak, and colonization, about life without the escape hatch of intoxication, and about how she became a powerful witch. She interlaces stories from her forebears with cultural artifacts from her own life—Twin Peaks, the Oregon Trail II video game, a Claymation Satan, a YouTube video of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham—to explore questions of cultural inheritance and the particular danger, as a Native woman, of relaxing into romantic love under colonial rule.

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

Longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Open Book Award

A Time Magazine Best Book of 2021

An NPR Best Book of the Year

Throughout her life, Elissa Washuta has been surrounded by cheap facsimiles of Native spiritual tools and occult trends, "starter witch kits" of sage, rose quartz, and tarot cards packaged together in paper and plastic. Following a decade of abuse, addiction, PTSD, and heavy-duty drug treatment for a misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, she felt drawn to the real spirits and powers her dispossessed and discarded ancestors knew, while she undertook necessary work to find love and meaning. In this collection of intertwined essays, she writes about land, heartbreak, and colonization, about life without the escape hatch of intoxication, and about how she became a powerful witch. She interlaces stories from her forebears with cultural artifacts from her own life—Twin Peaks, the Oregon Trail II video game, a Claymation Satan, a YouTube video of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham—to explore questions of cultural inheritance and the particular danger, as a Native woman, of relaxing into romantic love under colonial rule.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"[Sifts] through the broken shards of culture, looking for messages to restore one’s spirit." Los Angeles Times
“White Magic shines with humor, heartbreak and the kind of wisdom that only comes by walking through fire.” CityView
“Touching on love, heritage, identity, and faith, White Magic is resonant and weighty." BuzzFeed
“She interlaces stories from her Native forebears with cultural artifacts from her own life.” New York Public Library
“A fascinating magic trick of a memoir that illuminates a woman's search for meaning.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Washuta’s frank confrontations with, and acknowledgments of, unhealed wounds are validating.” Foreword Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Elissa Washuta

Author Bio: Elissa Washuta

Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the Ohio State University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 11.44
Audience: Adult
Language: English