Annie's Ghosts

Annie's Ghosts

A Journey Into A Family Secret

Book - 2009
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Traces the author's surprise discovery that his late mother had a sister who was sent away under mysterious circumstances and never mentioned by the family again, his efforts to research his long-lost aunt's story and whereabouts, and his struggles to understand the secrecy of her existence
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, [2009], ©2009
ISBN: 9781401310196
1401310192
Branch Call Number: 920 Lu
Description: x, 401 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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Luxenberg grew up believing his mother was an only child. After her death, the family discovered she had a sister who was never mentioned. But why?

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CRRL_MegRaymond Nov 10, 2017

Luxenberg grew up believing his mother was an only child. After her death, the family discovered she had a sister who was never mentioned. But why?


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Dec 12, 2011

“I offer to send her the letters; it’s an unexpected present for her, and I’m glad to be able to make the offer, because it allows me to give as well as take, something reporters can’t often do. It’s also a good way to win trust.”

YPRLLocalHistory Dec 04, 2011

“I offer to send her the letters; it’s an unexpected present for her, and I’m glad to be able to make the offer, because it allows me to give as well as take, something reporters can’t often do. It’s also a good way to win trust.”

Infolass Dec 04, 2011

“I stopped thinking like a son and started thinking like a journalist.”

“What I didn’t expect, as the week wore on, was that the family would expand to take in a new member. But that’s what happened. As people dipped in and out of the records, as the debates flew about what we knew and what we didn’t and whether we should be digging around in the past, Annie gradually became a part of the family consciousness. She was no longer just a name on a hospital record. She was no longer just a secret.”

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CRRL_MegRaymond Nov 10, 2017

Luxenberg grew up believing his mother was an only child. After her death, the family discovered she had a sister who was never mentioned. But why?

The author by his own admission claims not to be a genealogist but his journalism skills have held him in good stead to unravel the stories of his own family, which he tells in this book. In particular those of his mother, who always claimed to be an only child, but whom in fact, had a sister until the age of 21 when she was admitted permanently to a local hospital due to her physical and mental frailties.
This book is almost like a detective story as the author narrates his own research journey and what he finds out about his mother and father and other family members having interviewed over 150 people to add a context and find memories of life in Detroit in the Depression era and elsewhere.
You can hear an interview with the author on episode 120 of the Genealogy Gems podcast
http://www.genealogygemspodcast.com/episode-120-annie-s-ghost-with-author-steve-luxemberg

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