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23.5 Degrees: And Now For Something Completely Different
A Book Review With a Touch of 23.5 Degrees.
By Stella Maris
August 08, 2009
Okay, I know this is going to come as a shock to some of you, but I had so much fun doing last week's book review, that I've decided to spend the rest of my summer vacation actually reviewing books for Mania's Books section!
However, in the spirit of doing things a bit differently over here in 23.5 Degrees, I wanted to specially feature books from a small independent publisher called Inner Traditions.
Founded in 1975, Inner Traditions has played an important role in the "alternative" genre over the years by publishing material that more commercial publishing houses might have considered to be too unsustainable. Their more well-known authors are Margaret Starbird, Rupert Sheldrake, and Robert Temple, among many others.
You can see from their catalogue here that they publish books on a wide range of subjects ranging from Ancient Mysteries to Religion & Philosophy to Science & Nature in addition to fringe subjects. They even have a section on Sacred Sexuality and Tantra which some Maniacs might find inspiring, having read some of your discussions on the forum.
My favorite section, as you might have guessed, is Templars and Secret Societies, which I have loaded up on books from in preparation for the release of Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol, in September.
Having grown up in Washington, DC, where I also spent my bohemian university days, I'm currently entranced by The Secrets of Masonic Washington by James Wasserman, which I’m going to review next, in case any of you want to follow along. Could Dan Brown himself have used Wasserman as a reference in preparation for his latest masterpiece? It won't be long now until we find out...
In the meantime, I'm happily ensconced with my pile of books and a jug of Pimm's, reading to my heart's content in a balmy London summer haze.