By Hannah Nordhaus
“A haunting tale concerning the lengthy succeed in of the past.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR’S Fresh Air
“In this exciting e-book, [Nordhaus] stocks her trip to find who her immigrant ancestor fairly was—and what unusual alchemy made the belief of her linger lengthy after she was once 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 grew to become a resort. And within the Seventies, the inn bought a resident ghost—a unhappy, dark-eyed lady in an extended dress. unusual issues started to ensue 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, lines her ancestor’s transfiguration from nineteenth-century Jewish bride to fashionable phantom. relations diaries, pictures, and newspaper clippings take her on a riveting trip via 300 years of German heritage and the yank immigrant event. With the aid of historians, genealogists, relations, and ghost hunters, she weaves a masterful, relocating tale of fin-de-siècle Europe and pioneer existence, villains and visionaries, medication 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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When I first met her she was in rehearsal for a production of The Glass Menagerie in which she was playing the lame daughter, Laura. She was very serious about her art and walked around the library with a stone in her shoe to practise her limp for the part. Her name was Edna Baker and she eventually landed a job in the TV series Number 96, after changing her name to Philippa. One of her friends was a budding playwright called Peter Kenna and he often used to visit her at the library. Another of my employer’s protégées was the young composer Richard Meale, who lived in Marrickville and was often seen in the music room at the library discussing his career with my boss.
He later achieved notoriety through what became known in the press as the Bogle–Chandler murder case. He has had a cloud over him since the early sixties when his wife, Margaret, and another scientist, Dr Gilbert Bogle, died mysteriously in Lane Cove National Park after they had all been guests at a New Year’s Eve party. The cause of their deaths was never revealed, but one of the theories at the time was that they were murdered by someone who knew them and who had access to an exotic poison. There was later some speculation that they died from the effects of LSD.
We invented stories about 26 Noeline Brown pgs 22/4/05 2:20 PM Page 27 ALWAYS IN STRIFE the people who lived there. We imagined the owners might have been vampires, which meant they would only be able to come out at night. Then, one day, when I was on my own, on an errand for my mother, I walked past the front fence and I did actually catch a glimpse of something moving. A person came to the gate and opened it slightly. I just managed to catch sight of a young girl before she backed away. She was maybe a little older than I was and she looked quite different.