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Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Compelling and touching journey to uncover a family secret.

Mr. Luxenberg has thoroughly researched every facet of his family's history in his quest to learn more about his deceased mother and the secret she took to her grave. Simultaneously, this book reads like a novel, a revealing history of mental illness treatment in the U...
Mr. Luxenberg has thoroughly researched every facet of his family's history in his quest to learn more about his deceased mother and the secret she took to her grave. Simultaneously, this book reads like a novel, a revealing history of mental illness treatment in the U.S., a memoir of WWII-era European-Americans, and a compassionate look at the interior lives of this professional writer's ancestors. I was totally absorbed from start to finish, drawn in by Mr. Luxenberg's detailed fact-finding and his unwillingness to give up his search for the truth. I am fortunate to have found an advance copy three months prior to its publication.

posted by SallyS on February 19, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I didnt care for this book,more like textbook reading

This book was well written,but kept reverting back to insignificant characters,dates and facts pertaining to assylums.I was hoping the dulldrum of reading was going to lead to a significant and unusual ending.It did not.Very disapointed.

posted by eliska on July 14, 2010

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

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    Family Secrets

    Annie's Ghost is a story about uncovering family secrets and accepting that we don't always know everything about our loved one's past. In this book, Luxenberg writes about his mother's secret- she was not an only child, as she had always claimed. After her death, the family discovers she had a disabled sister who was institutionalized in her early 20's. Luxenberg chronicles his families efforts to discover and come to terms with this truth.

    I received an Early Reviewer's Copy of this book, and struggled to finish it- although admittedly, I am in the minority of reviewers that feels this way. Initially, I was intrigued by the storyline, but quickly lost interest, because the author spends most of the time describing, what seemed to be, every investigative phone call and conversation, instead of writing about the major events. I felt Luxenburg did not tell me enough about Annie, so I didn't get a sense of who she was. This book deals with the families experience as they come to the realization that their mother was not completely truthful.

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