Review: Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret, by Steve Luxenberg

The author, a senior editor with the Washington Post, was consistently told by his mother that she was an only child.  Toward the end of her life, another story surfaces surround a disabled, possibly mentally ill younger sister. The author originally thinks she may have died at a very young age.  Later, he realizes this sister, born in 1919, was institutionalized a day before her 21st birthday in 1940.  Why had his mother fabricated the story about being an only child? Learn about how and why the mentally ill and disabled were treated in America, lies and survival linked from the Holocaust, genealogy related searches to uncover a story, WWII mental health treatment of veterans and more.

RATING: * * * * * One of the best

Reviewed by: Cathy Balshone

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