American Ghost: A Family's Extraordinary History on the Desert Frontier

American Ghost: A Family's Extraordinary History on the Desert Frontier

by Hannah Nordhaus


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062249203
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 287,429
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Hannah Nordhaus is the author of the critically acclaimed national bestseller The Beekeeper’s Lament, which was a PEN Center USA Book Awards finalist, Colorado Book Awards finalist, and National Federation of Press Women Book Award winner. She has written for the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Outside magazine, the Times Literary Supplement, Village Voice, and many other publications.

Table of Contents

Family Tree x

1 Aura of Sadness 1

2 A Dress of Black Satin 18

3 The Prairie Ocean 34

4 Good-Time Town 41

5 Promised Land 47

6 Book of Prayer 59

7 Broncho Maneuvers 64

8 Bricks and Mortar 77

9 Other Speculations 88

10 Four Letters 98

11 The Upper Ten 111

12 The Great Pacific 123

13 Men Could Not Move Her 131

14 Proper Girl 149

15 Region of Insanity 154

16 Low Season 164

17 Schustergarten 175

18 The Merchant Prince 182

19 Princess Goldenhair 191

20 Boodle and Payola 198

21 Tale of Woe 205

22 The Angel of Neuhaus 212

23 Other Moments Contribute 220

24 Destination Camp 227

25 Her Long Rest 242

26 Bequest 249

27 Diaspora 257

28 Map of the World 266

29 At Famous La Posada 272

30 The Record of What Was 285

31 Dust 291

Acknowledgments 303

A Note on Sources 307

Bibliography 314

Photography Credits 321

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American Ghost: A Family's Extraordinary History on the Desert Frontier 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ajwal More than 1 year ago
We tell stories to keep our past alive.  In this case, Hannah Nordhaus must not only tell her family's story, but also has to sort through all the versions that have come down to her, from family, from literature, and lore.  She does so in a charming and readable way.  Though she provides a family tree at the beginning to help us follow along, it was too difficult to see on my Nook.  Maybe a real paper  version would be better.  But the story she creates, and comes to understand and accept for herself, is real enough  and comprehensible enough so that not havng access to that particular graphic wasn't a huge problem for me.  This is quite a good read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More geneology than ghost story. Love history books like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author sure did her research in getting this book written. It was very interesting, but lost me for awhile as there was so much information given. Great ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an interesting family and exceptional family history. I could barely put it down. Loved the detailed history of the places the authors family lived. The research that went into this was so thorough. Don't miss out reading this. It is much more than a family history. It is a well written, doggone good book.
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I dont belive in ghost but it is a good book%$#'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whant to read