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January 4, 2011
The Buffalo News picks Annie’s Ghosts as the January 2011 selection for the Buffalo News Book Club. Anne Neville’s article about the book calls it “a gripping story of shame, secrets and identity.” Buffalo-area bookstores and libraries receive posters and bookmarks to promote the selection. The News began this monthly feature in 2003 as a way to highlight noteworthy books.

July 18, 2010
Nationally-syndicated columnist Susan Estrich explores the consequences of family secrets in this column inspired by Annie’s Ghosts.

July 6, 2010
Therese Borchard’s popular blog on, “Beyond Blue, a spiritual journey to mental health,” features Annie’s Ghosts. Click here to read her post.

July 6, 2010
Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin featured Annie’s Ghosts in a column about how Edward Missavage, a retired psychiatrist, has continued Steve’s relentless search for information on his missing aunt.

June 6 and June 30, 2010
WYPR, the NPR affiliate in Baltimore, interviewed Steve about how the new health-care legislation will change mental health treatment and about the challenges that families confront in tracking down a hidden relative. Sheilah Kast’s interview aired in two parts. Click here to hear the June 6 segment and click here to hear the one on June 30.

May 23, 2010
Steve’s op-ed in the Detroit Free Press, “Dead and Gone and Still Private,” argues that families would benefit from being able to review the medical records of  long-deceased relatives. Most states have imposed stiff restrictions that prevent such reviews.

May 1, 2010 features Annie’s Ghosts in its monthly “New and Notable in Paperback” column. Click here to read it.

December 31, 2009
Annie’s Ghosts makes another year-end “Best of” list. January Magazine selects it as one of the best nonfiction books of 2009.

December 13, 2009
High honors: The Washington Post names Annie’s Ghosts to its Best of 2009 list.

December 12, 2009
The Detroit News announced the Library of Michigan’s Notable Books Awards for 2010. Annie’s Ghosts makes the list of 20 fiction and nonfiction books.

December 1, 2009
Glenn Altschuler’s review in The Forward calls Annie’s Ghosts “a story of suspense and a mediation – a consideration of the ties that bind and blind…”

October 21, 2009
From across the border, Canadian Broadcasting’s Richard Handler writes that after reading Annie’s Ghosts “you can’t help wondering what secrets your own family hides.” Click here to read his column.

September 27, 2009
Parade Magazine carries an interview with Steve, headlined “What We Think About Mental Illness.”

September 21, 2009
Noteworthy: The Independent Booksellers Assn. picks Annie’s Ghosts as one of only three nonfiction recommendations for its Winter 2009-2010 List for Reading Groups.

August 28, 2009
Ancestry Magazine publishes Steve’s piece, “Getting Past the Roadblocks,” in its Sept./Oct. issue.

July 1, 2009 
David Dudley, editor of Urbanite, a Baltimore monthly, designated Annie’s Ghosts as a “critic’s pick” in the magazine’s July issue. “Like many a detective story, the book concludes with a triple-whammy of reversals as Luxenberg discovers that other family members harbor a few secrets of their own,” he wrote.

July 1, 2009 
Sandra Svodoba’s interview with Steve in Metro Times, a Detroit weekly, explores his methodology in researching and writing the book, eliciting information about the obstacles that others might encounter in pursuing their own family secrets.

May/June 2009 – A roundup of bimonthly magazines
AARP Magazine called Annie’s Ghosts one of its “Hot Reads.”  

Harvard Magazine featured Annie’s Ghosts in its “Off the Shelf” column

HourDetroit Magazine, in a review of the book, praised Steve’s meticulous research in “retracing the life of his parents and grandparents, following converging paths of deception. .  .” 

Style, a bimonthly in Baltimore, put its spotlight on the book in a feature article on three local authors, describing Annie’s Ghosts as “a detective story that lovingly but insistently teases the truth from one family’s tangled web.” 

The NAMI Advocate, a print and online magazine published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, put Annie’s Ghosts on the NAMI Bookshelf for May 2009, one of four new books awarded that distinction. 

June 9, 2009 
Diane Rehm interviewed Steve for the Diane Rehm Show at her WAMU studio in Washington D.C. The one-hour segment was broadcast live across the country on NPR. Download a podcast of the interview. 

May 31, 2009 
Mary Carole McCauley, writing for the Baltimore Sun, wrote a profile of Steve and a review of Annie’s Ghosts. The feature piece explores the balance between Steve’s responsibilities as a journalist and as a son. In the review, McCauley says “Annie’s Ghosts is an exhaustively researched, often moving testament to the ties that bind families together.”

May 28, 2009 
Suzanne Chessler’s article in The Detroit Jewish News, headlined “Hidden Memories,” focused on Steve’s reporting techniques, the universal nature of the story, and how treatment of mental illness has evolved and changed since Annie’s death in 1972.

May 27, 2009
Elaine Margolin’s review in the Jerusalem Post, “Haunting family skeletons,” called Annie’s Ghosts “a masterful work.”

May 26, 2009
NewsChannel8, Washington’s 24-hour cable news outlet, explored the consequences of family secrets during a five-minute interview with Steve on its daily noon-time show, “Let’s Talk Live.” (Watch the interview by clicking on this link, and then on the story headlined “Find out what happens when family secrets escape.”)

May 23, 2009
Kyle Norris of Michigan Public Radio did a four-minute segment on the book, “Steve Luxenberg’s Quest,” that included a walking tour with Steve to some of the places described in the book, including the former site of Eloise Hospital.

May 16, 2009
Barry Werth’s review in The Washington Post, on the front page of the Style section,  described Annie’s Ghosts as a “probing, wise and affecting new memoir of family secrets and posthumous absolution . . . a poignant investigative exercise, full of empathy and sorrowful truth.” The Post coverage included a podcast interview with Steve, available through iTunes.

May 13, 2009
Washington Jewish Week published “Finding Aunt Annie,” by arts editor Aaron Liebel, a feature article that explored Steve’s goals in writing the book.

May 12, 2009
WYPR-FM, the NPR affiliate in Baltimore, broadcast an hour-long interview with Steve on “Midday,” its public affairs show. Listen to host Dan Rodricks’s interview.

May 11, 2009
A review by Susan McCallum-Smith, a Baltimore writer, aired on the “Maryland Morning” show of WYPR-FM, the NPR affiliate. McCallum-Smith called Annie’s Ghosts an “engaging investigative memoir [that] proves, as the best nonfiction does, that true facts about true lives need no embellishments to be startling or moving.” Listen to her full review.

May 5, 2009
NPR's "All Things Considered" aired an eight-minute interview with Steve about Annie's Ghosts. Listen to co-host Robert Siegel's interview, and read NPR's online coverage, headlined "A Journalist Uncovers His Family's 'Ghosts'."

May 3, 2009
Javan Kienzle's Sunday review in the Detroit Free Press, "The Case of the Unknown Sibling," called Annie's Ghosts "unforgettable."