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In 'Ghosts,' a Family Haunted Most by the Rattle of Secrets

"We heard no stories about life in the old country, and what's more, we didn't much care -- we were a modern American family, looking ahead rather than back, determined to make something of ourselves," Luxenberg, a longtime Post editor, recalls in "Annie's Ghosts," his probing, wise and affecting new memoir of family secrets and posthumous absolution. "The past wasn't just past. It was irrelevant."

By Barry Werth

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