American Ghost: A Family's Extraordinary History on the by Hannah Nordhaus

By Hannah Nordhaus

“A haunting tale concerning the lengthy succeed in of the past.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR’S Fresh Air

“In this fascinating booklet, [Nordhaus] stocks her trip to find who her immigrant ancestor quite was—and what unusual alchemy made the assumption of her linger lengthy after she used to be gone.” —People

La Posada—“place of rest”—was as soon as a grand Santa Fe mansion. It belonged to Abraham and Julia Staab, who emigrated from Germany within the mid-nineteenth century. when they died, the home turned a lodge. And within the Seventies, the resort bought a resident ghost—a unhappy, dark-eyed girl in a protracted costume. unusual issues started to occur there: vases moved, glasses flew, blankets have been ripped from beds. Julia Staab died in 1896—but her ghost, they are saying, lives on.

In American Ghost, Julia’s great-great-granddaughter, Hannah Nordhaus, strains her ancestor’s transfiguration from nineteenth-century Jewish bride to trendy phantom. relations diaries, images, and newspaper clippings take her on a riveting trip via 300 years of German background and the yank immigrant event. With assistance from historians, genealogists, kin, and ghost hunters, she weaves a masterful, relocating tale of fin-de-siècle Europe and pioneer existence, villains and visionaries, drugs and spiritualism, mind's eye and fact, exploring how lives turn into legends, and what these legends let us know approximately who we're.

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