- Published: New York : Hyperion Books, 2009.
- Year Published: 2009
- Description: 401 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Luxenberg, Steve -- Family.
- Adult children of aging parents -- Case studies. -- Family relationships
- Mothers and sons -- Case studies.
- Sisters -- Case studies. -- Family relationships
- Inmates of institutions -- Case studies. -- Family relationships -- Michigan
- Family secrets -- Case studies.
- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
- FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / General
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Annie's ghosts : a journey into a family secret
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This book was selected for my book club and what a nice surprise! I couldn't put this book down. I loved the historical aspect of learning about Eloise in Detroit which I had never heard of before even though I grew up in MI. Well-written and a very interesting family mystery.
An interesting, expertly told story by an investigative journalist trying to uncover a family secret after his mother's death. Interesting to follow his story, both what he learns about his family and how he learns it. Lots of insight into the mental health "care" system of the era, particularly in Michigan.
I was struck by not just the story of the writer's search to uncover his Mother's secret, but the sub story of Eloise, the setting that housed thousands of "inmates", AKA people who may have had a disability. Eloise was located right in Detroit, so that fascinated me. It employed thousands of people, as well. It was like a huge city, with its own livestock farm, cannery, dairy cows, RIGHT in Detroit! It was demonstrative of how different the mental health system is now. In good ways.
I read this when I participated in the community reads program from another library. It's one of the first Non-fiction, other than books for school, that I have read. I thought it was well written and rather interesting... AND THE AUTHOR IS FROM FLINT, MI!
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