Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Teaser Tuesday 5: Ghost Hunters

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week I've plucked one off the TBR pile that has been languishing there three years now, Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum. I purchased it at the 2007 Wisconsin Book Festival, after attending a reading by the author. Listening to the prelude and talk of her research behind the book intrigued me enough to want to read it, which I meant to do last October, except I suddenly could not locate it. I made sure to dig through the TBR pile for it this year!

About the book: A Pulitzer Prize-winning author tells the amazing story of William James's quest for empirical evidence of the spirit world. What if a world -renowned philosopher and professor of psychiatry at Harvard suddenly announced he believed in ghosts? At the close of the nineteenth century, the illustrious William James led a determined scientific investigation into “unexplainable” incidences of clairvoyance and ghostly visitations. James and a small group of eminent scientists staked their reputations, their careers, even their sanity on one of the most extraordinary quests ever undertaken: to empirically prove the existence of ghosts, spirits, and psychic phenomena. What they pursued— and what they found—raises questions as fascinating today as they were then.

The opening paragraph:

No one saw the girl die. It was just a little too early, a morning still too dark, first light barely warming the edge of the sky. The night frost yet shimmered on the ground, a faint ghostly silver. It was barely 6:00a.m. on a late October morning when sixteen-year-old Bertha Huse stepped out into the quiet.

Sounds nice and creepy for an end of October, almost Halloween read, no?


Heather G. said...

Nice Halloweeny book! Love all things paranormal and ghosty! Great teaser. Here's mine: http://gofita.blogspot.com/2009/10/teaser-tuesdays-help.html

Jess. said...

Ohhh, this one sounds pretty good and spooky!

Anonymous said...

Yes, good october read...

Here is mine:

Book Bird Dog said...

I imagine some people can "see" things that most people can't. Glad I'm not one of them :)

Heather said...

hmsgofita - Thanks, I hope it is as interesting as it seems!

Jess - Spooky I can handle, it's the grpahic horror stuff I shy away from. ;)

Sumanam - Thanks, and thank you for visiting!

Book Bird Dog - I've had enough eerie experiences to be glad I don't see ghosts on a regular basis, too!

Jana said...

Oooo...that DOES sound good. You know I loves me some ghostly goodness. :-)

Anonymous said...

Very creepy indeed! Perfect for fall :)

Here's my Teaser Tuesday.

Calico Crazy said...

Sounds like a great book for this time of year.http://calicocontemplations.info/index.php/2009/10/teaser-tuesdays-2/

Heather said...

Jana - Yes, I thought of you when I was posting this. Definitely seems like something you might like!

Alita - GMTA! I see you did 1984 this week, which I featured here two weeks ago. Creepy cool!

Calico - Thanks, I can only hope it does not disappoint. ;)

Cecelia said...

You're right on the creepy score. Great teaser! Thanks for coming by my blog!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a perfect book for this time of year.