American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest by Hannah Nordhaus

American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest by Hannah Nordhaus

Hannah Nordhaus attempts to uncover the truth about her great-great-grandmother, Julia—whose ghost is said to haunt an elegant hotel in Santa Fe—in this exploration of myth, family history, and the American West.

La Posada—“place of rest”—had been a grand Santa Fe home before it was converted to a hotel. The room with the canopy bed had belonged to Julia Schuster Staab, the wife of the home’s original owner. She died in 1896, nearly a century before the hauntings were first reported. In American Ghost, Hannah Nordhaus traces the life, death, and unsettled afterlife of her great-great-grandmother Julia, from her childhood in Germany to her years in the American West with her Jewish merchant husband.

Source: Jewish Book Council

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