Author: Louisa Oakley Green
Published: September 22nd 2015 by iUniverse.com
Author website and purchasing info: http://www.psychicbystander.com/
Amazon.com purchasing info and reviews
About the Author: Louisa Oakley Green has worked as a newspaper reporter, public relations manager, and creative director. A University of South Carolina journalism graduate, Green also studied science for medical writing in New Jersey and traditional astrology in London. She previously published one other book, Loitering at the Gate to Eternity: Memoirs of a Psychic Bystander. Her work and interests maintain a curiosity-inspired balance between science and mysticism.
Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country: Tales Retold by a Psychic Bystander is the second book by author Louisa Oakley Green that explores psychic phenomena by retelling primary witness experiences. Her first book Loitering at the Gate to Eternity: Memoirs of a Psychic Bystander was reviewed by me in 2013 and you can have a look at that review by clicking through the link, which will open in a new window.
Sightseeing very much has the feel of a continuing journey that Louisa began with her first book. Book one details how the author as a naturally skeptical person became convinced over time and through familial connections that there was something worth studying, and pursuing when it comes to psychic phenomenon. Louisa in turn takes us along her own personal journey of discovery and shares some fascinating cases with us a long the way.
The subject matter and stories chosen by the author are interesting and this book much like her first one moves us along at a good pace. I was able to complete my reading for the most part in one sitting, and that is in large part due to the easy writing style of the author. It was a pleasure to read and contemplate the stories contained within.
Books such as these do not offer anything in the way of analysis, but they do offer up the personal accounts in the words of ordinary people, just like you or I. And in the end because of the very subjective nature of these experiences the real "experts" are those who encounter these things in a spontaneous way. It is the narrative of the experient that gives us a glimpse into the paranormal. And the author allows them to tell their story as they lived and recalled it.
The author does not expect one to believe or become a believer. She offers an invitation to consider and I like that.
Louisa has thoughtfully added a great reference section, which includes her own recommended reading list. This is a useful tool for those on a similar journey through the undiscovered country.