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Annie's Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg
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Nov 01, 09

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Read in November, 2009

Steve Luxenberg's journey into his family's past, specifically his mother's hidden sister, is confusing, arduous, and more than a little shocking. And the secrets he uncovers takes him from the wards of one of Michigan's mental facilities, to Holocaust Ukraine and elsewhere. From the moment I began the book, I was captivated and couldn't put it down. His family's story is fascinating on its own, but the addition of key details describing medical history that relate to his mother's sister Annie's condition and treatment at Eloise, as well as other historical facts only serve to broaden and enhance the story portrayed. At the end, I was moved to tears as I thought of how sad it was that Annie had nearly been forgotten, if not for a few nearly innocent comments near the end of his mother's life. This book serves as a memorial for Annie, and in part, all of the Eloise 5,000 (and more), who have been lost to the passage of time.
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