Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles by Taisia Kitaiskaia

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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.

Title : Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles
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ISBN : 1449486819
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 pages


Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 29, 2017

1. Not a graphic novel. Whoever shelved it as such: you suck. 2. There's a reason advice columnists only answer a question or two per post, and that reason is any more than that is BORING. The wacky combination of modern slang used by the advice seekers and the archaic language Baba Yaga uses in he...

Kendra rated it ★★★★★

July 21, 2017

If the sly & slippery-tongued mythological ancient Russian witch Baba Yaga reached out through space and time -- And had an email address -- And a poetry degree -- That would be this book. Ask Baba Yaga is a weird and wonderful poetry project wrapped lovingly in the conceit of an advice column....

[Shai] The Bibliophage rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 20, 2017

Baba Yaga, in this book, is not your ordinary adviser. She will not give you a pat in the back and a cup of tea when giving an advice. She uses a different kind of approach in answering your problem. Though her advice is a little vague or odd, if one will just fully put his/her mind to what she h...

Kirsty rated it ★★★★★

September 28, 2017

Oh, how I love this book. There's enough to love in the typewritten notecards, intentional typos and poetic language – but underneath that there's genuine wisdom. I learned a lot from Baba Yaga, and her advice continues to resonate in my daily life. This is one of my favourite books of the year (...

Katy rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

This strangely wonderful book defies genre and category. It's art: a charmingly illustrated book of highly original poetry. Anyone coming to it in search of easily digested, real world advice is going to miss the point completely. Taisia Kitaiskaia ndoesn't simply conjure Baba Yaga, she infuses t...

Corey rated it ★★★★★

July 22, 2017

Baba Yaga is a Slavic Tarot card come to life. Her advice is one part Ouija board, one part poetry, and one part legit great advice. Definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves modern interpretations of folklore.

Kirsty rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 17, 2017

The idea of Ask Baba Yaga is far better than its execution, I feel. It is a strange sort of self-help book; questions are posed, which range from 'How do I stop hating everyone?', to 'Should I be reckless?'. These questions are then "answered" by Baba Yaga, the scary and mysterious creature from...

Jo rated it ★★★★★

January 08, 2018

I've shelved this under 'poetry' and 'speculative' because I honestly didn't know where to put it. It's so beautiful and weird. Best collection of agony aunt letters answered by a fairytale witch I've ever come across, for sure (also the nicest iteration of Baba Yaga - she's only a bit terrifying...

Dani rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 22, 2017

This was a book with great potential but poor development. I was expecting something quite different from this. It was an effort to finish it, I clawed my way through this book and I'm quite sure Baba Yaga's advice won't stay in my mind long after I finish this review. The format is like a compila...

Patrick rated it ★★★★★

July 21, 2017

I've been a fan of Ask Baba Yaga since its blog days - Baba Yaga is the witchy grandmother I always wanted, and the idea that someone would respond to our day-to-day complaints with poetry and mischievous mysticism tickles me endlessly. These little nuggets make me feel like I'm getting a manicur...

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