The Library

Buying books using these links helps to support the Pillar of Smoke, with no extra cost to you. The books recommended below will update everytime you refresh, but you needn't buy only those books, you can buy virtually any book, and a lot of other stuff besides, and 5% of your purchase goes directly to the expansion of the Pillar of Smoke's hard-copy library, which is available to all memebers free of charge. Thanks! Please be aware that the books shown below are chosen at random from the "Jewish" and "Magic"sections on Amazon. The Pillar of Smoke does not specifically recommend these books. To see our recommendations, click here.

by title by author

To find out about the Pillar of Smoke's coverage in late 2007 by Pittsburgh's Jewish Chronicle, go here.

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