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Praise for The Ghost of Greenwich Village:

“Go out and buy three copies…one for yourself, one for your mom, and one for your best friend.  Lorna Graham has a gift.”
-- Hoda Kotb, Co-anchor, fourth hour of NBC’s “Today”

“Lorna Graham’s debut sparkles with wit and warmth and magic.  Eve is a modern girl with an old soul whose story will make you smile and wish for ghosts of your own.”
-- Judy Merrill Larsen, author of All the Numbers

"Lorna Graham's novel is charming, a sweet and whimsical romp through a magical Manhattan. I would love to live in her Greenwich Village, both past and present.”
-- Janelle Brown, author of This Is Where We Live and All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

“The Ghost of Greenwich Village is a beautifully written love story. It’s a tribute to people and places, past and present, real and imagined. But it’s also a fascinating peek inside the world of morning news, and a fast-paced adventure of a single girl in New York City (complete with fabulous closet).  While reading it, I wanted to bury myself in a really comfy chair and silence the phone so no one could disturb me until I’d devoured the last page.”
-- Paulina Porizkova, author of A Model Summer


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About the Author

LORNA GRAHAM has been writing for top network anchors--including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, and Ann Curry--for fourteen years at ''Good Morning America'' and currently at ''Dateline NBC''. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Reader's Digest, New Woman, and The Educated Traveler. She has also written a short film, A Timeless Call, about America's veterans, which was directed by Steven Spielberg.

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  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034552621X
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WNEE
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Lorna Graham was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Barnard College. She has written for Good Morning America and Dateline NBC. She also wrote a short film, "A Timeless Call," honoring America's military veterans, that was directed by Steven Spielberg. She lives in Greenwich Village.

The Ghost of Greenwich Village is her first novel.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leah on April 29, 2011
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Imagine a girl who moves to the Big Apple to have a life everyone envies: trendy friends, beautiful home, and a job worthy of the elite. Well, small town girl Eve Weldon's reality of moving to Greenwich Village is anything but. She has a roommate who happens to be a ghost: a fiery, conceited, artsy writer named Donald. He wants Eve to help him complete his work, but Eve's got other things to worry about, like another potential job, this time as a writer for a morning all purpose show called Smell the Coffee and a budding friendship with a reclusive fashion designer.

This may have the word "ghost" in the title, but it's really about Eve becoming her own self. She's haunted by the death of her mother, so to feel closer to her, she moves to the Village. But she also has to learn to fend for herself, something she never really had to do before. Her relationship with Donald is professional yet sweet. He himself is very mysterious and over the top. His story was worked in to the book nicely.

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Eve's transformation from naive to reasonably strong woman is too cute. Everything happens way too easily for her. Working in television requires quick wits and little to no second chances, but she gets second chances. Very unbelievable considering one certain circumstance. She makes a mistake, and Oops! But don't worry, she'll get the job anyway. She'll warm that reclusive fashion designers's heart with her cutesy demeanor. I was in a constant state of disbelief every time; I can believe the ghost plot, but not landing a TV job after a royal mess up. Aside from this, the descriptions of the "starving artist" and television studio life are very spot on (author Lorna Graham used to write for news and I interned at a studio for a year).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darcia Helle VINE VOICE on May 21, 2011
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Eve is a young woman who heads out to New York with hopes of connecting with her long dead mother whose past included being part of the sixties Beat Generation. While 'Ghost' is prominent in the title, Donald, the ghost here, is a relatively minor part of the story. This is more about Eve and her quest to find her place in life.

We're taken behind the scenes of a morning news show and shown how things work. There are many references to Beat Generation writers woven in with Donald the ghost and Eve's new friendships. I found some things a little too convenient and at times got restless with the lack of action in the story. That being said, I got a great feel for the characters and enjoyed Graham's writing style. Overall, I found this an easy and fun read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2011
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This is by no means a horrible book, it is quite good in parts, but you may need a lot of patience to see Eve grow and shed some of her`girlish' and somewhat spoiled and whiny attitude.

Eve (Eventual) Weldon moves to Greenwich Village from the mid-west to try to capture some of what her Mother found when she lived there as a young adult during the early sixties. Glamour, fun,a great job or maybe romance...she wanted to find something. What she did find was a ghost inhabiting her apartment, (actually he resided in her head)and not just any ghost but a cranky writer ghost, a hold-over from the Beat Generation who wants to use Eve as his stenographer. Eve is also sure she is going to find a wonderful creative job and find a job she does. She finds a job with a morning, talk show called "Smell the Coffee", writing the scripts that the hosts make to look like their own words.

While this is a perfectly fine first novel, I found that the only things I pulled from it was that Eve was portrayed as a sort of clichéd and somewhat naïve mid-westerner with an annoying, cloyingly sweet personality, who tried too hard to capture what her Mother found while living in the Village.

The ghost aspect of the story could have been quite charming and is one of the hooks that drew me to this book. But instead of something novel and interesting, I found the ghost (Donald) to be abrasive , annoying and one of the least likeable characters I've encountered in a long time. I do understand what the author was trying to do by inserting the ghost aspect of the story, but it just did not sit well with me.

What I did learn from this book is that if it is true that authors should write about what they know; then Ms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Mama VINE VOICE on May 13, 2011
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The Ghost of Greenwich Village is a well written, witty, and engaging novel. A smart read, set in the present day, but one that often conjures images of the past. I loved the scenes that transport you back to the beatnik generation in Paris and NYC. The author did a fantastic job of making you care about the quirky characters and their situations. The love hate relationship between Eve (the main character) and Donald (the beatnik ghost writer inhabiting her apartment and life) reminded me a bit of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", but this was indeed a fresh story that I very much enjoyed. Sit down with a nice cuppa and enjoy every minute of this charming book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ouija VINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
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The Ghost of Greenwich Village is what I consider a fine summer read. The whimsical tale focuses on a girl looking to make her way in the big city, with all the trials and tribulations that come along with it. The storied Greenwich Village setting adds an element of interest here too. But the ghost who so prominently steals the title really is a minor character, albeit an interesting one at that. I think the author does a nice job here of crafting a book that will be of interest primarily to women. It's not the next great American novel, but then it doesn't pretend to be.
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