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Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret

6 Ratings: 3.5
A book by Steve Luxenberg

From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com Reviewed by Barry Werth Looking backward was not part of Steve Luxenberg's upbringing. Growing up Jewish in a mostly Catholic neighborhood in Detroit in the 1950s and '60s, hiding his asthma from … see full wiki

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Author: Steve Luxenberg
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Families
Publisher: Hyperion
6 reviews about Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family...
review by . August 23, 2009
Steve Luxenberg has written a riveting account of his personal search for the truth in his family. I found it hard to put it down until I reached the final page. It has all of the elements of great storytelling. I loved this well-crafted nonfiction book and highly recommend it.
review by . July 22, 2009
One afternoon Steve Luxenberg receives a call from his sister asking if he knew that their mother had a sister. This was news to him, since everyone knew Beth Luxenberg (his mom) was an only child. He never took it up with his mother as she was very fragile at 80 years of age and her health was in rapid decline; shortly after she passed away. Six months after her death in 1999, the secret surfaces again. Yet this time there was a name, Annie. With the consent of his brothers and sister, Steve begins …
review by . June 25, 2009
Washington Post editor Steve Luxenberg always knew his mother was an only child, because she said so again and again. He and his family were shocked when they heard, shortly before her death, that she had once had a sister. After Beth Luxenberg died, Steve and his family debated the wisdom of trying to find out more. The journalist wanted to peel away the secret layers, but what about the son? the brother? the father, even? In the end no logic informed his decision--he just needed to know.    Hi …
review by . June 03, 2009
Imagine the shock and confusion author Steve Luxenberg felt when he discovered that his elderly mother was not really the only child she had claimed to be for his entire lifetime. Luxenberg, after all, grew up knowing how proud his mother was to have been an only child, something of which she often spoke at family gatherings. It was only by chance that Luxenberg and his siblings learned that they, in fact, had an aunt whose existence they had never suspected.    Beth Luxenberg …
review by . May 25, 2009
I won't repeat a synopsis of Annie's Ghosts - the "Product Description" does a good job of that. I will tell you what went through my mind as I read through this remarkable book.    As the blurb says, Luxenberg made good use of his journalistic skills to dig into the mystery that was his aunt, Annie. I was amazed at the resources he was able to make use of, not the least was the welcome cooperation of government clerks who went out of their way to look for information. He also …
review by . April 21, 2009
Luxenberg, Steve. "Annie Ghost's: A Journey Into a Family Secret", Hyperion, 2009.     A Personal Story    Amos Lassen      At nearly 80 years old, Beth Luxenberg let out a secret. As far as anyone knew, including her son, Steve, she was an only child. Her children had been raised to tell the truth so when she told her doctor that she had had a disable sister, everyone was shocked. This sister had been sent away when she was two …
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