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Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Faerie Handbook

Do you believe in Faeries? Clap your hands if you do!”

That night, when Peter Pan first flew into the Darling’s nursery window, millions of kids sitting in front of the television did just that! Because of their unwavering innocent belief, Tinkerbelle was saved. Peter Pan went on to find the Lost Boys; rescue Wendy, Michael, and John; defeat Captain Hook; and save Neverland. Childhood has never been the same since.

Now, if you’re a true believer – or aspire to be – and want to know all there is to know about faeries, then you must have a copy of one of the most beautiful books ever to grace a bookshelf. Newly released by Harper Design, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers,
The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects, compiled by the editors of Faerie Magazine, is both an anthology and compilation of all things Fae. 

This wonderfully constructed book will be released this coming Tuesday, but I got so excited, I just couldn't wait until then to tell you about it.

Organized in four sections -- Flora and Fauna; Fashion & Beauty; Art & Culture; and Home, Food, & Entertaining. – this is the complete and utmost authority on Faerie fashions, architecture, legends, folklore, stories, as well as crafts and cooking. Also delineated are the many varieties of Faeries that include not only Pixies, but, among the many described, Ogres, Trolls, Gnomes, Brownies and Boggarts, Gnomes, and Dwarves. 

To say that
The Faerie Handbook is, in itself, a work of art, is an understatement. I am not one generally impressed by a book’s cover or interior design, but the moment I opened the package, I was more than enthralled. The cover is a light mauve with gold lettering. The page edges are gilded. The pages themselves, are heavy stock, and the text and fonts are, well, very-well designed.  What a joy to read interesting, no… fascinating facts and learn how to construct Faerie homes, cook their favorite foods, and learn about a realm normally kept hidden from normal folk. Especially within the pages of such a beautiful environment.

And if you’re thinking this is yet another one of those frou-frou coffee table books with all looks and no sustenance. Think again. This is a most remarkable literary endeavor by a team that are, without a doubt, experts in their field. And, with their help and handbook, you can become one, too. 

Now, the most amazing aspect is, besides the absolutely stunning illustrations, pictures, and art-work, are the stories about, of, and by Faeries. Their place in and impact on literature is mind-boggling. There is, of course, the Pixie Tinkerbell in J. M Barrie’s play, Peter Pan. But did you know that William Shakespeare has at least one type of Faerie in every one of his plays? The pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit trilogy are full of gnomes, elves, and dwarves. Glinda the Good in Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz is a Faerie Witch – a good one, of course. And then there is Sookie Stackhouse of True Blood. I could go on, but I strongly suggest you discover the wonders of the Fae World in the written word through the Handbook.

Now, whenever I want to shed the detritus of everyday adult life, I can delve and disappear into The Faerie Handbook, which now has a special place of honor on my “favorite books to dream with” shelf. The essence of beauty and the recapturing of the innocence and wonder of childhood now found in a phenomenal book that will inspire you to believe in all things fantastical… And when that happens, clap your hands and…

Enjoy the read!


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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:

Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her fifth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,