Three books have been released recently that I thought would be of interest to Grailers out there, but I haven't had time to read and summarise them as of yet so I'm just going to be lazy and post about them without any sort of review. Make your own mind up, dagnabbit!
Readers of this site should be aware of Julie's work with the Windbridge Institute, doing scientific research into mediumship and related subjects (see her blog here at TDG, and my interview with her). Julie has written a short eBook titled Among Mediums: A Scientist's Quest for Answers which summarizes her research and thoughts in quite a casual manner, 'for the layman'. At only $4.99, it's well worth it. Michael Prescott has reviewed Julie's book over at his blog, check it out.
Jack Hunter is another of our good friends (he contributed an article to Darklore Volume 6) who is at the coalface, researching the paranormal within academia. His eBook Why People Believe in Spirits, God and Magic covers topics including shamanism & spirit possession, witchcraft & magic, ghosts, spirits, gods and demons, providing "an overview of supernatural traditions and practices around the world" as well as exploring "anthropological interpretations of supernatural and spiritual experiences, including the paranormal experiences of the anthropologists themselves when they are doing fieldwork".
Again, a new book from another researcher hard at work doing academic research into the questions related to the paranormal and the possibility of the survival of consciousness. This particular book, from Emily Williams Kelly, is devoted to surveying the life work of Dr Ian Stevenson, from his writings on the nature of science and the mind-body relationship, through to his empirical research into reincarnation and the question of survival. Carlos Alvarado has written up an excellent review of the book on the website of the Parapsychology Association. Unlike the other two books, this one is in hardcover, and you'll be forking out some cash to purchase it - but sometimes you have pay for something that will take pride of place on your bookshelf.