About Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What it Means to Be Haunted
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback (August 7, 2012)
At once hilarious and incredibly moving, Giving Up the Ghost is a memoir of lost love and second chances, and a ghost story like no other.
Eric Nuzum is afraid of the supernatural, and for good reason: As a high school oddball in Canton, Ohio, during the early 1980s, he became convinced that he was being haunted by the ghost of a little girl in a blue dress who lived in his parents’ attic. It began as a weird premonition during his dreams, something that his quickly diminishing circle of friends chalked up as a way to get attention. It ended with Eric in a mental ward, having apparently destroyed his life before it truly began. The only thing that kept him from the brink: his friendship with a girl named Laura, a classmate who was equal parts devoted friend and enigmatic crush. With the kind of strange connection you can only forge when you’re young, Laura walked Eric back to “normal”—only to become a ghost herself in a tragic twist of fate.
Years later, a fully functioning member of society with a great job and family, Eric still can’t stand to have any shut doors in his house for fear of what’s on the other side. In order to finally confront his phobia, he enlists some friends on a journey to America’s most haunted places. But deep down he knows it’s only when he digs up the ghosts of his past, especially Laura, that he’ll find the peace he’s looking for.
“A highly unusual, wildly specific story about love and death and confusion. But its power comes from an universal realization: Very often, our memory of a person matters more than whatever actually happened.”
– Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs
“Giving Up The Ghost is powerful and evocative, with a painfully vivid sense of Midwest teenage-wasteland dread. It’s an elegiac ghost story that can make you wonder if there’s any difference between being young and being haunted.”
– Rob Sheffield, author of Love Is a Mixtape
About Eric Nuzum
Eric Nuzum works at NPR in Washington, DC. He is also the author of The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula and Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America. He has appeared on CNN, VH1, and elsewhere.
Eric Nuzum’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Wednesday, August 8th: Forever Overhead
Thursday, August 9th: Twisting the Lens
Monday, August 13th: West Metro Mommy
Tuesday, August 14th: Just Joanna
Wednesday, August 15th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, August 16th: Chaotic Compendiums
Friday, August 24th: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, August 28th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
TBD: Gone Bookserk
TBD: So Simply Sara