Great Michigan Read 2013-2014
Annie's ghosts: a journey into a family secret by Steve Luxenberg — After careful selection by a statewide selection committee, the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read title has been chosen. Please join the Michigan Humanities Council and Canton Public Library in reading Annie's Ghosts, a 2010 Michigan Notable Book written by Washington Post Associate Editor and Detroit native Steve Luxenberg.
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.