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Nonfiction Book on Family Secrets Wins Two Prestigious Honors
Date:12/18/2009

Annie’s Ghosts, Steve Luxenberg’s exploration of a family secret and its shattering consequences, won two prestigious honors: a place on The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2009 list, and a Michigan Notable Book award, one of only 20 to receive the coveted award.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 18, 2009 -- Steve Luxenberg’s Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret, hailed by author Walter Isaacson as a “gripping detective story and a haunting memoir,” won national and regional honors this month. The Washington Post book editors selected Luxenberg’s nonfiction work for its Best Books of 2009, and the Library of Michigan designated it a Michigan Notable Book for 2010.

Annie’s Ghosts (published by Hyperion) is the eye-opening story of Luxenberg’s search for the personal motives and cultural forces that influenced his mother’s decision to create and nurture a life-long secret. Beth Luxenberg had always claimed to be an only child, but a chance mention led to the discovery that she had been hiding the existence of a disabled sister, Annie, who spent 31 years at a mental institution outside Detroit, where Luxenberg grew up.

As Luxenberg reinterpreted his family history, he discovered that there are thousands of families with similar stories of relatives once hidden away in mental institutions. The deeper he dug, the more he found himself in unfamiliar territory, struggling to balance his dual roles, the tenacious journalist and the empathetic son.

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