Alice Hoffman Books

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Alice Hoffman is an American author that wrote ‘Practical Magic.’ Born in 1952 in New York City to a family of Jewish descent, she attended Valley Stream North High School, Adelphi University (Bachelor of Arts), and the Stanford University Creative Writing Center (Master of Arts).

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Order of Practical Magic Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Practical Magic 1995 Description / Buy
2 The Rules of Magic 2017 Description / Buy
3 Magic Lessons 2020 Description / Buy
4 The Book of Magic 2021 Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Practical Magic Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Magic Lessons 2020 Description / Buy
2 The Rules of Magic 2017 Description / Buy
3 Practical Magic 1995 Description / Buy
4 The Book of Magic 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Water Tales Series

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1 Aquamarine (Short Story) 2001 Description / Buy
2 Indigo (Short Story) 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Green Angel Series

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1 Green Angel (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy
2 Green Witch (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy

Order of The Once Upon a Time Bookshop Stories Series

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1 The Bookstore Sisters 2022 Description / Buy
2 The Bookstore Wedding (Short Story) 2024 Description / Buy
3 The Bookstore Keepers 2025 Description / Buy

Order of Alice Hoffman Standalone Novels

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1 Property Of 1977 Description / Buy
2 The Drowning Season 1979 Description / Buy
3 Angel Landing 1980 Description / Buy
4 White Horses 1982 Description / Buy
5 Fortune's Daughter 1985 Description / Buy
6 Illumination Night 1987 Description / Buy
7 At Risk 1988 Description / Buy
8 Here on Earth 1990 Description / Buy
9 Seventh Heaven 1990 Description / Buy
10 Turtle Moon 1992 Description / Buy
11 Second Nature 1994 Description / Buy
12 Local Girls 1999 Description / Buy
13 The River King 2000 Description / Buy
14 Blue Diary 2001 Description / Buy
15 The Probable Future 2003 Description / Buy
16 The Ice Queen 2005 Description / Buy
17 The Foretelling (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy
18 Incantation 2006 Description / Buy
19 Skylight Confessions 2007 Description / Buy
20 The Third Angel 2008 Description / Buy
21 The Story Sisters 2009 Description / Buy
22 The Red Garden 2011 Description / Buy
23 The Dovekeepers 2011 Description / Buy
24 The Museum of Extraordinary Things 2014 Description / Buy
25 Nightbird 2015 Description / Buy
26 The Marriage of Opposites 2015 Description / Buy
27 Faithful 2017 Description / Buy
28 The World That We Knew 2019 Description / Buy
29 The Invisible Hour 2023 Description / Buy
30 When We Flew Away 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Alice Hoffman Short Story Collections

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1 Blackbird House 2004 Description / Buy
2 Faerie Knitting (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Alice Hoffman Standalone Plays

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1 Conjure (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Alice Hoffman Picture Books

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1 Fireflies: A Winter Tale (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
2 Horsefly 2000 Description / Buy
3 Moondog (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Alice Hoffman Non-Fiction

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1 Survival Lessons (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Inheritance Collection Series

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1 Everything My Mother Taught Me (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
2 Can You Feel This? (Short Story) ( By: Julie Orringer) 2019 Description / Buy
3 The Lion's Den (Short Story) ( By: Anthony Marra) 2019 Description / Buy
4 Zenith Man (Short Story) ( By: Jennifer Haigh) 2019 Description / Buy
5 The Weddings (Short Story) ( By: Alexander Chee) 2019 Description / Buy

Alice Hoffman Anthologies

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1 Ploughshares Fall 1989 1989 Description / Buy
2 Scribners Best of the Fiction Workshops 1997 1997 Description / Buy
3 Writers on Writing 2001 Description / Buy
4 Ploughshares, Fiction Issue, Vol. 29, Nos. 2 & 3, Fall 2003 2003 Description / Buy
5 Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury 2012 Description / Buy
6 Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury 2015 Description / Buy
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Hoffman published her first short story (At The Drive-In) when she was 21. The achievement drew the attention of Ted Solotaroff, an editor, who asked her whether she had written any novels.

Hoffman responded by writing ‘Property Of,’ her first novel, which Farrar Straus and Girous (Macmillan Publishers) published. She wrote over two dozen novels in the years that followed, receiving awards recognition and a mention from Oprah’s Book Club.

The author writes books with strong elements of magical realism. She has an engaging style that encourages people to consume her work at a leisurely pace. The supernatural elements come naturally. As a child, she read myths and fairy tales.

These elements featured prominently in the literature she consumed. She was drawn to magic because the myths and fairy tales she read were told by great women with a strong storytelling background. As a writer and a woman, those women appealed to her. Though, Hoffman’s objective is to add a realistic spin to magic.

She does an incredible amount of research for her projects. She researches before she starts. Then she stops and writes the first draft. Then she takes a step back and does more research.

In a way, the research never ends. Some subjects are so compelling that, on occasion, she has felt like she could research them for the rest of her life. She has to make a concerted effort to step away from the research long enough to write.

The topic of her novels doesn’t have to be grounded for the author to lose herself in research. When she wrote ‘The Rules of Magic,’ she spent a lot of time reading about witchcraft.

But even though her research is extensive, Hoffman doesn’t put everything she learns into the books she writes. She believes that it is vital to know as much as you can about your characters. But the readers don’t need to know everything you know.

From what she has seen, accumulating copious amounts of background information gives an author the sort of clear understanding they need to bring a character to life. She experiments with various POVs before selecting a point of view that fits the story.

The characters take center stage in her creative process. She makes various notes about their history and attributes. Once she researches the setting, she outlines the story. Hoffman doesn’t expect to stick to the outline. In fact, she changes the outline all the time. But it gives her a place to start.

Alice Hoffman Awards

Hoffman’s accolades include the Massachusetts Book Award, Hemmett Prize, and the New Jersey Notable Book Award.

Alice Hoffman Books Into Movies

The Dovekeepers became a two-part TV movie in 2015. Practical Magic became a 1998 fantasy romantic comedy starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock.

Best Alice Hoffman Books

The author was treated for breast cancer at some point. The incident compelled her to volunteer her resources to establish Mount Auburn Hospital’s Hoffman Breast Center. Hoffman’s best books include:

Practical Magic: Gillian and Sally felt like outsiders. As children, the kids taunted them, and the adults shunned them. For their elderly aunts, the behavior was expected. The Massachusetts town had spent the last two centuries blaming everything that went wrong on the Owens women.

Gillian and Sally were determined to escape. And they did. But now, some unseen force is pulling them back.

The Rules of Magic: Susanna Owens expected her children to suffer. Their ancestor, Maria Owens, was charged with witchcraft back in the 1600s. Her only crime was loving the wrong person.

In Susanna’s time, the world is not quite as dangerous. But it is just as harsh. Her children are unfortunate because they are so clearly different. Susanna wants to keep them safe. She has given them a strict list of rules to follow, rules that can hopefully hide their gifts.
But the children are looking to visit their Aunt Isabelle in a small town in Massachusetts that holds the keys to their family’s secret.

When Does The Next Alice Hoffman book come out?

The next book by Alice Hoffman is The Bookstore Wedding and will be released on August, 1st 2024. It is the newest book in the The Once Upon a Time Bookshop Stories Series.

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