Join the Michigan Humanities Council and Ferndale Public Library for the final Great Michigan Read author event! This celebration will be held Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m., at the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale (22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI 48220). This event will feature Annie’s Ghosts author Steve Luxenberg and complimentary food and drinks. There is no cost to attend but we are requesting advance RSVP for catering purposes. Click here to RSVP. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Book Beat.
The Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read is a book club for the entire state. With a statewide focus on a single book, it aims to connect us as Michiganians by deepening our understanding of our state, our society, and our history.
“Annie’s Ghosts is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read . . . From mental institutions to the Holocaust, from mothers and fathers to children and childhood, with its mysteries, sadness, and joy–this book is one emotional ride.”—Bob Woodward, author of The War Within and State of Denial
Annie’s Ghosts is part memoir, part detective story, and part history. As the author tries to understand his mom’s reasons for hiding her sister’s existence, he takes readers on a journey into his mother’s world of the 1930s and ’40s, where he explores how a poor, immigrant family manages life with a child who has special needs.
Annie’s Ghosts is a story about family secrets, personal journeys, genealogy, mental disability and illness, poverty, and immigration. It is a story of re-framing one’s self-understanding once a family secret is revealed, providing insight into how our identities are shaped by learning something shockingly new about our family history.
“Annie’s Ghosts will resonate for many, whether the chords have to do with family secrets, the Depression, memories of a thriving Detroit, Holocausts horrors, or the immigrant experience. For me, the word to describe this book: Unforgettable.”—Detroit Free Press