Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town that Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Lily Dale is a real town in New York, although it is far from your average community.  When Lily Dale was founded about 120 years ago, even Susan B. Anthony was a guest.

In the town of Lily Dale, lives several Spiritualist and Mediums.  On day reporter and author Christine Wicker discovers this strange town and is determined to understand it’s ‘secret forces’ – human or otherwise.  In the book, she follows three visitors: a newly bereaved widow; a mother whose son killed himself; and a beautiful, happily married wife whose first visit to Lily Dale brings an ominous warning.

Christine is a skeptic.  Are the people of this town really able to see into the other-side or are they just out to make a buck?  Investigating a movement that attracted millions of Americans in the 1800s and now barely survives, Christine moves beyond the mediums’ front parlors and into the lives that tourists never see. She follows the mediums to a place where what we know and how we know it is the greatest mystery of all.

This was an interesting book and look into this odd society that actually exists today.  If you look at Lily Dale on Google Maps, each house is even labeled with what Medium is currently living there.  The author herself finds answers that she didn’t even know she was looking for.

I find it fascinating to read about the walks of life that go to Lily Dale to find peace, hope or the chance to talk to a loved one who has passed to the other-side.  Now, a few years ago I read a book called “Beware the Night” by Ralph Sarchie…..if you read that, you might think twice about trying to contact the other side!  Either way, this was an interesting book that unveils the truth behind some of these Mediums who sometimes do trick you or use lighting to fool you….others….well, I’ll let you be the judge of that!

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