The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history--the Salem witch trials. Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and di...

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Title:The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Author:Katherine Howe
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:371 pages pages

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane Reviews

  • Charlotte
    Jun 25, 2010
    I didn't expect this to be good, but neither did I expect it to be THIS BAD. It drives me nuts when people get HUGE book advances and media attention for such sloppy work. What did her editor even DO if she didn't catch the numerous dumb things that don't make sense in this book? For e...
  • K
    Jun 09, 2009
    This has gotten a lot of buzz lately in the library world. Four librarians including myself had holds on it before it even arrived at the building. Apparently we'd all been hooked by the same intriguing blurb. Don't make the same mistake! A historical mystery that is slow to no purpose...
  • Nan
    Jul 01, 2009
    Edit, 7-3-19: on my reread after all these years, I liked the book better. I still have several things that bother me, but I was in a better place for reading the book this time. My original review is behind the spoiler tag, as it contains many spoilers. Overall, it gained one star in ...
  • Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
    Jun 26, 2009
    If you're eagerly looking forward to reading this book, avoid my scathing review. Sorry folks, if this review seems unkind, but I've got major hater tots for this book. I'm not averse to great detail if it's germane to the story or at least interesting, amusing, or informative. But...
  • Mindy
    Mar 24, 2011
    SO boring!!! If this book hadn't been recommended to me there's no way on earth I would have kept going. Until the last quarter of the book I could've put it down at any time and never given it a second thought. I thought much of the imagery was over the top and some of it just plain s...
  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Feb 23, 2010
    The concept was interesting. Unfortunately, the execution was not as good. Also, it featured a "historian" who apparently knows nothing about doing historical research. (I speak as a historian.) Also, I guessed the villain and the "big twist" fairly early, which didn't help. A re...
  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    Jan 30, 2010
    For as long as I can remember, I?ve been fascinated with the Salem witch hunts. Even as a young girl in elementary school, I read books, watched movies and loved listening to stories about the witch trials and the events leading up to them. So when I saw The Physick Book of Delive...
  • Jennifer Wardrip
    Jul 05, 2009
    Reviewed by Angie Fisher for TeensReadToo.com Connie Goodwin, like many young women, has issues with her mother. So when Grace asks her daughter to interrupt her doctoral research at Harvard to go to Marblehead for the summer and ready her grandmother's house to be sold, Connie wond...
  • Jessika
    Jul 25, 2009
    Usually I'm not the type of person to just randomly go out to Barnes and Noble and buy a book that I'm not sure I'll enjoy. Something about this book pulled me in, though, and it didn't let go of me until I finished it just now. I loved this book. Katherine Howe weaves her story wi...
  • Nely
    Mar 26, 2009
    This is the story of Connie Goodwin, a doctoral candidate in American History at Harvard, who (upon her mother?s request) spends the summer cleaning and clearing out her grandmother's house that has been vacant for 20 years in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Little did Connie know what sh...
  • Christine
    May 04, 2010
    In the 90s, there was a series called Poltergeist the Legacy. It was about a group of people who investigated paranormal mysteries. It was kinda good. There was an episode that supposedly took place in Boston. The series supposedly took place in San Fran but considering that the money ...
  • Cheryl
    Jun 22, 2009
    First, I did like this book. It is a great summer beach book; BUT it was much, much lighter than I thought it was going to be and given the hype I had been hoping for much more. The juxtaposition of the historical story and the modern story were very well done and the characters were l...
  • Wyndie
    Oct 07, 2009
    Bravo to whoever was responsible for the book jacket. I was drawn in by a glowing review from Matthew Pearl, the author of ?The Dante Club.? The premise looked like a unique spin to one of America?s more tragic parts of history, the Salem witch trials. However the novel was a poo...
  • Nancy
    Jul 21, 2009
    Spoilers possible... The plot of this book is about a modern graduate student's research into a primary source concurrent with the Salem witch trials. There were parts that were extremely well written. The historical sequences, particularly the hangings, were eloquent at times. However...
  • Cheryl
    Mar 26, 2009
    There was so much that led me to believe I would thoroughly love this book. The topic is of interest to me on lots of levels (I too am related to many of the individuals on both sides of the Salem trials), I've visited the area before, the author has great credentials and has been educ...
  • Kelly
    Jan 11, 2010
    There are a few tropes that will convince me to pick up almost any book that promises to contain them. I?ll call one of them ?Searching for a Long-Lost Book,? and another ?All My Forebears Were Secretly Witches.? Katherine Howe?s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane feature...
  • Hannah
    Sep 09, 2011
    Rating Clarification: 2.5 Stars Author Katherine Howe's take on the Salem Witch trials of the 1690's features a little twist: her story imagines that one of the accused really had supernatural talents.... The story begins in 1681 when young healer Deliverance Dane visits the home...
  • Jane
    Jul 14, 2010
    Where I got the book: purchased on Amazon. A Sunday in the Park book club read. The plot: Harvard grad student Connie is assigned by her mother to clear out her grandmother's house, and discovers her connection to the Salem Witches. I was, on the whole, underwhelmed, which is wha...
  • Mary
    Jul 10, 2010
    I'VE GOT A PROBLEM WITH THIS BOOK ALREADY!!! Only a few chapters into the book I am shocked at the following glaring error (and I hope there aren't any more of this magnitude before I'm done): On page 35 when Liz asks Connie, "Did you ever meet her (Granna)?", Connie answers that...
  • Melissa
    Jun 20, 2010
    I'll admit, I picked this book up in the New Fiction section of my library based on the title and the cover (great design). Based on the description and the excited blurbs (by author's I've never heard of, I'll admit) I checked it out hoping it might be something like A.S.Byatt's very ...
  • ⋟Kimari⋞
    Dec 20, 2010
    This book felt like it was intended for middle-schoolers; pedestrian writing, uninteresting characters, and a connect the dots plot. The historical sections sounded like they came straight from Wikipedia. Connie is contradictory and rather dim. One minute she barely remembers her g...
  • Richard Derus
    Oct 27, 2011
    Rating: 3.9* of five The Publisher Says: A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history-the Salem witch trials. Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her s...
  • Kenryth
    Aug 18, 2011
    Very badly written "mystery" that manages to make the Salem era boring. The average reader picks up the clues entire chapters before Our Heroine, Connie, figures them out, and often has to stop reading long enough for her to catch up. I think this book was set in 1991 so that Connie wo...
  • Jaksen
    Jul 13, 2019
    Interesting book, and as a New Englander it felt very real - the setting, the language, the little nuances concerning customs and a way not only of life, but of 'thinking.' My family goes way back to one of the main events in this book: the Salem Witch Trials. My earliest American ance...
  • Dfunky1
    Jul 22, 2009
    I really wanted to like this book as it's hard to find a novel that mixes historical elements and more contemporary ones, and the publicity for this novel suggested that Howe had been highly successful in doing so. But what I found was that this book was uneven: the projections bac...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    Jun 15, 2014
    ?We can understand the world only through the language that is at our disposal. Every period has its own linguistic - and perceptive - lens.? Historic and modern-day Massachusetts reunite in this tale of one woman's unintentional climb through her family tree. Connie discovers m...
  • Jess (Primrose)
    May 31, 2016
    I very much enjoyed reading this book. So far in 2016, it is up there as a favorite read. I didn't expect to get slightly emotional at the end as I pondered the fates of the women accused of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials. Katherine Howe made their fates and helplessness against...
  • Bill Khaemba
    Mar 29, 2016
    ?But remember. Just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it isn't real.? First of all fun fact about me, I love witch related stories like a lot I grew up watching Charmed and Sabrina the teenage witch , they were my life. So going into this book was so...
  • Pouting Always
    Feb 18, 2017
    I only rated this as high as I did because I thought the idea was really interesting but honestly the execution was terrible. The main character was so boring and flat and every time she had a thought I wanted to smash my head into the wall. The professor over seeing her dissertation w...
  • Peter
    Feb 22, 2018
    Witchcraft I loved the concept of a spellbook being uncovered in modern times with flashbacks to the Salem Witch trials of 1692. There is intrigue. Add a little bit of a thriller that other more sinister people want the book and you've got a cracker of a plot and an adventure story. F...