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Midwest Book Review

MEMOIRS OF A GHOST
One Sheet Away

Cagan, Andrea
CreateSpace (286 pp.)
$16.95 paperback
ISBN: 978-1-5053-1962-0; June 25, 2015

BOOK REVIEW

Synopsis: Andrea Cagan knows how it feels to be a ghost, that is, to hide in the shadows and remain One Sheet Away from the limelight. A professional ghostwriter for many years, she has worked with movie stars, pro athletes, royalty, motivational speakers and rock stars, helping them recall and synthesize their stories onto the page, stage, and screen. Like a literary phantom, she has moved silently behind the scenes to write and produce over a dozen best sellers, all the while, gathering material for her own life story. In "Memoirs of a Ghost", Cagan, a baby boomer, takes her readers on a journey through the significant historical eras of the sixties, the seventies, the eighties -- all the way through the turn of the century and up to today. Against the backdrop of fascinating stories of her famous clientele, she weaves her own remarkable life experiences as a professional ballet dancer, a movie star, a survivor of domestic violence, a healing researcher, and, first and foremost, a writer. A ghost writer no more, Cagan recounts her own life stories with disarming honesty and authenticity as she steps out of the shadows and onto center stage.

Critique: An extraordinary memoir by an extraordinary writer, "Memoirs of a Ghost" is a compelling and informative read that is both absorbing and entertaining from beginning to end. Very strongly recommended for both community and academic library American Biography collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Memoirs of a Ghost" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).