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The Ghost of Greenwich Village: A Novel by [Graham, Lorna]
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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WNEE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I just finished this book and I already miss Eve, and Kleig and Donald. Not only is it a warm, funny page-turner, but it really made me want to take a trip to the Village. And I confess I had tears running down my cheeks at the end, and a couple times before it too. It so captures a place, and two times, now and the early 60s, but its explorations of love and friendship are truly timeless. The author clearly knows her Village history, Beat generation literature, and TV production, and I found the education I got in these--and vintage fashions--a real bonus. What fun! Moms, you really should save a few great dresses for your daughters. I was truly jealous of Eve on that score, but rooted for her all the way. A wonderful read! Now about those plane tickets to New York...
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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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I enjoyed this book very much. I thought the writing was good and the story was solid. Eve is a great character and I felt she was quite believable. I loved Donald the ghost and my only complaint is that he didn't play a larger role in the book.

People who make the mistake of buying this book thinking it is a paranormal book or a "ghost story" will be disappointed, I think. The ghost is just one of many characters, though he does give a lot of historic insight. So don't purchase it thinking you'll be getting a ghost or a book where paranormal elements are key. That's just a small portion of the book.

I thought The Ghost of Greenwich Village was very entertaining and fun, and I enjoyed following Eve's search for herself. The book wasn't a breathless page-turner for me, but I enjoyed it and am glad I read it. Good, solid novel, and good light summer reading.
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you are stuck with it. Eve is an early 30's young woman who emotionally stuck at about 14. From the very start of the book I wanted to just tell her to grow up, and get into therapy! She is living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, she is having a hard time finding a job, imagine that, she is running low on money and all of her food is carry out? She finally lands a job for which she is totally unqualified and would never have gotten in the real New York, and she then undermines her boss who has been exceedingly kind to her? She makes decision after decision based upon hmmm not thinking, impulsiveness might be the operating principle here, and amazingly enough things don't work out! Eve has absolutely no insight into her own behavior. She humiliates a TV star on their own television show which just happens to be the show for which she works and she is surprised when she gets fired? She then whines about it, but then she whines about everything so this is not new behavior.
The two paragraphs on the back of the audio book made this sound very interesting, a ghost, Greenwich Village, a heroine but it wasn't. I lived in New York City in the 60's and this book was not about that time the way I remembered it. I'm sorry I took it out but awfully glad I did not spend money on it!
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