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Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum
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Jun 12, 12

bookshelves: nonfiction, biography-memoir, first-reads, arc-or-uc-proofs, swapped-or-donated
Read from June 09 to 12, 2012

Eric Nuzum grew up in Canton, Ohio in the 80's. While he was in high school, he believed himself to be haunted by a ghost - a small girl in a blue dress who lived in his attic and showed up in his dreams. Whether She was a spectre, a ghost, a warning, or just a drug-induced hallucination, the result was Nuzum being committed to a psych ward. Numbing himself with drugs and alcohol, failing his classes, slowly pulling away from life, Nuzum had one thing keeping him from ending it all - a friendship with a girl named Laura. It was Laura who brought him back to life - to living; but in a weird twist Laura became a ghost in his life.

Nuzum, now a grown man, is ready to face his "ghosts." Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted follows his journey to haunted places across the United States as well as to his past as he searches for answers and a way to put his ghost of 'her' away.

This book paints the perfect portrait of growing up in the midwest - this wide-open space where you nevertheless feel boxed in; it's both funny and sad. The writing is clear and has a journalistic-slant to it - especially in the chapters when Nuzum is on a ghost hunt or tour. It's a sad and painful story with hints at humor. I found the humor not really funny, it was just enough to not push me into feeling completely uncomfortable.

Overall I thought his searching out actual ghosts for answers to his own ghosts an intriguing way to go on his journey. The book is full of death, life, hauntings, grieving and living.

I receieved a copy of this through the firstreads program.
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