Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles (Paperback)

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Call me old fashioned, but I can think of no better source for objective criticism and advice than a Slavic trickster witch as old as time itself.

In all seriousness, this book is filled with advice that is so beautiful and simple it feels almost feral. I would give it to a distraught teenager, I would give it to a grieving spouse, I would give it to my own grandmother.

— From Anje


With a strange, otherworldly style, poetic clarity, and striking honesty, Ask Baba Yaga contains beautifully skewed wisdom to be consulted in times of need.

Dear Baba Yaga,
I think I must crave male attention too much. I fear that, without it, I would feel invisible.

When you seek others this way, you are invisible nonetheless. Yr shawl is covered in mirrors in which others admire themselves; this is why they greet you so passionately. It is good to be seen, but it is better to see. Find a being to look hard into, & you will see yrself and what is more than you.

In age-old Slavic fairy tales, the witch Baba Yaga is sought out by those with a burning need for guidance. In contemporary life, Baba Yaga--a dangerous, slippery oracle--answered earnest questions on The Hairpin for years. These pages collect her most poignant, surreal, and humorous exchanges along with all-new questions and answers for those seeking her mystical advice.

About the Author

Taisia Kitaiskaia was born in Russia and raised in America. She is the author of Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers, illustrated by Katy Horan. Her poetry has been published widely. Baba Yaga lives deep in a treacherous wood; Taisia lives in Austin, Texas.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781449486815
ISBN-10: 1449486819
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Pages: 160
Language: English