American Ghost

American Ghost

A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

Book - 2015
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The author traces the life, death, and unsettled afterlife of her great-great-grandmother Julia, from her childhood in Germany to her years in the American West with her Jewish merchant husband. As she traces the strands of Julia's life, Nordhaus uncovers a larger tale of how a true-life story becomes a ghost story and how difficult it can sometimes be to separate history and myth.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarpercollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062249210
0062249215
Branch Call Number: 133.10978 N756a 2015
BF1472.N484 N67 2015
Characteristics: 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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All families have their ghosts, but few are as fascinating and worth knowing as Nordhaus’s great-great-grandmother, Julia Staab, whose spirit is rumored to haunt her former home, today’s La Posada hotel in Santa Fe. Curious about her spectral ancestor, Nordhaus sifts through diaries, newspapers, ... Read More »

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Jan 03, 2017

An engaging read, what it says about the immigration and assimilation experience in the American southwest moved me. I read it on a trip to Santa Fe, along with Willa Cather's "Death Comes for the Archbishop".

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