American Ghost

American Ghost

A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

Audiobook CD - 2015
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The dark-eyed woman in the long black gown was first seen in the 1970s, standing near a fireplace. She was sad and translucent, present and absent at once. Strange things began to happen in the Santa Fe hotel where she was seen. Gas fireplaces turned off and on without anyone touching a switch. Glasses flew off shelves. And in one second-floor suite with a canopy bed and arched windows looking out to the mountains, guests reported alarming events: blankets ripped off while they slept, the room temperature plummeting, disembodied breathing, and dancing balls of light. La Posada--"place of rest"--had been a grand Santa Fe home before it was converted to a hotel. The room with the canopy bed had belonged to Julia Schuster Staab, the wife of the home's original owner. She died in 1896, nearly a century before the hauntings were first reported. In American Ghost, Hannah Nordhaus 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: [Old Saybrook, Connecticut] : Tantor Media Inc., 2015
ISBN: 9781494508166
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio,rda
7 audio discs (approximately 8.5 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Tantor Media


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AnnabelleLee27 Sep 28, 2016

Non fiction. Author lives in Boulder, great-grandmother haunts the La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She examines how history is understood/interpreted by individuals according to their era, needs, and one's own life experience. Nordhaus seeks to understand & connect with her great grandmother. Good historical explanations and fascinating detail. Loved this one!!

Dec 10, 2015

Rather slow & not very interesting. Quick return.


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