Lily Dale: The Town That Talks to the Dead

Lily Dale: The Town That Talks to the Dead

by Christine Wicker
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Lily Dale: The Town That Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker

In Lily Dale, New York, the dead don't die. Instead, they flit among the elms and stroll along the streets. According to spiritualists who have ruled this community for five generations, the spirits never go away—and they stay anything but quiet. Every summer twenty thousand guests come to consult the town's mediums in hopes of communicating with dead relatives or catching a glimpse of the future. Weaving past with present, the living with the dead, award-winning journalist and bestselling author Christine Wicker investigates the longings for love and connection that draw visitors to "the Dale," introducing us to a colorful cast of characters along the way—including such famous visitors as Susan B. Anthony, Harry Houdini, and Mae West. Laugh-out-loud funny at times, this honest portrayal shows us that ultimately it doesn't matter what we believe; it is belief itself that can transform us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061153747
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/26/2006
Series: Plus Series
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,213,318
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Christine Wicker was raised in Oklahoma, Texas, and other parts of the South. Her mother's grandfather was an itinerant Baptist preacher, and her dad's father was a Kentucky coal miner. During her seventeen years at the Dallas Morning News, she was a feature writer, columnist, and religion reporter. She is the author of several books, including the highly acclaimed New York Times bestseller Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead.

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Lily Dale: The Town That Talks to the Dead 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With a light writing style but this is like a stale doughnut
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting subject great history
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CloverAutrey More than 1 year ago
Fascinating. A journalist goes to Lily Dale, a town founded by and made up by mediums, and tells about what she learned. What I really liked about the way this is written is that even though this turns into a self-discovery journey for the author, not once does she attempt to convert the reader or dissuade the reader about what or what not to believe. She simply gives the facts of her observations, even going back and forth with what she thinks might be true or not true. Because it isn't a "trying to convert" style, it is a relaxing and interesting peak into what the spiritualist community is really like.
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I have picked this book up and put it down a million times. It is a sleeper. Uninteresting style of writing. Amazingly, the subject matter is fascinating , the characters amusing but the author boring, boring, boring! My head is nodding just thinking about it!