‘Tis the season for ghost stories, so I thought I’d give you a list of ghost story suggestions, but with a memoir twist. Have you read any of these? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
This Halloween week, maybe you should pick up the Oprah.com editor’s pick Ghost Songs: A Memoir by Regina McBride. In this memoir, McBride writes about being haunted both literally and figuratively by her parents’ ghosts after they both commit suicide when she was in college. As Cathy Medwick writes for Oprah.com, “[McBride] dares to hope that a half-formed ghost she sees at the foot of her bed is an amalgam of both of her parents, no longer separate―their unconstrained spirit as fluid and searching as her own.” If the book sounds intriguing, you’ll also be interested in this interview with the author.
You could read Shannon Leone Fowler’s book Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir, in which she relives the freak Box Jellyfish sting that killed her fiancé in Thailand and her subsequent travels across the globe as she grieves and heals. To read more about this book, click on this Bookpage review.
If these suggestions don’t sound spooky enough and you’d like more of a traditional ghost story, check out American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest in which Hannah Nordhaus tells the story of her own ancestral ghost, her “paternal grandfather’s maternal grandmother,” Julia Staab, who haunts La Posada hotel in Santa Fe (or so lots of people believe). Or, join the Williams family in Canada as they feel unexpectedly called to purchase an old Victorian home that they later discover is haunted, and learn how that came to be, in Haunted: The Incredible True Story of a Canadian Family Living in a Haunted House.
Enjoy these ghostly reads!