The dark-eyed woman in the long black gown was first seen in the 1970s standing near a fireplace. She was sad and translucent, present and absent at once. Strange things began to happen in the Santa Fe hotel where she was seen. Gas fireplaces turned off and on without anyone touching a switch. Glasses flew off shelves. And in one second-floor suite with a canopy bed and arched windows looking out to the mountains, guests reported alarming events: blankets ripped off while they slept, the room temperature plummeting, disembodied breathing, and dancing balls of light.
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. As she traces the strands of Julia's life, Nordhaus uncovers a larger tale of how a true-life story becomes a ghost story and how difficult it can sometimes be to separate history and myth.
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by Hannah Nordhaus
by Kristan Higgins
by Jill McCorkle
"This riveting family history explores the eloquent story of the authorÕs great great grandmother, Julia Schuster Stabb (1844-1896)Ñas well as the topics of frontier life in Santa Fe and German Jews in the U.S. in the nineteenth century. Narrator Xe Sands exquisitely captures the authorÕs earnest interest in Julia and her family. Sands's clear voice and refreshing cadences add an authenticity that listeners will find engaging. Julia's Santa Fe home, now La Posada de Santa Fe Resort, is said to be haunted, and Nordhaus explores this phenomenon in terms of Òunfinished business.Ó Overall, SandsÕs presentation is smooth and straightforward. Her narration and the fascinating story itself will entertain listeners of all ages. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"