The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna

The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna

They believed they would live forever. So begins Mira Ptacin’s haunting account of the women of Camp Etna—an otherworldly community in the woods of Maine that has, since 1876, played host to generations of Spiritualists and mediums dedicated to preserving the links between the mortal realm and the afterlife. Beginning her narrative in 1848 with two sisters who claimed they could speak to the dead, Ptacin reveals how Spiritualism first blossomed into a national practice during the Civil War, yet continues—even thrives—to this very day. Immersing herself in this community and its practices—from ghost hunting to releasing trapped spirits to water witching— Ptacin sheds new light on our ongoing struggle with faith, uncertainty, and mortality. Blending memoir, ethnography, and investigative reportage, The In-Betweens offers a vital portrait of Camp Etna and its enduring hold on a modern culture that remains as starved for a deeper sense of connection and otherworldliness as ever.

Title:The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna
ISBN:9781631493812
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  • Deedi (DeediReads) Brown

    All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/reads/.Rating: 4.25/5First, I must extend a huge thank-you to Mira Ptacin and Liveright for sending me an advanced reading copy of this book. It will b...

  • Katie Devine

    I was riveted from the first page of this book until the very last word--by the fascinating Spiritualists of Camp Etna, by Mira Ptacin's intimate and compelling prose, by the seamless way she weaves h...

  • Lindsay Sproul

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!The subject matter is utterly fascinating, but what I find especially strong about this novel is the way it blends the author’s experiences with those of the women at Camp Etna....

  • Jenn

    I won a copy of this book.This book was really cool! I didn't know there is a whole camp in Maine for Spiritualists. Mira Ptacin does an awesome job of making me feel like I'm there with her - touring...

  • D

    I was fortunate to receive an Advance Reading Copy of this volume through goodreads.com. The topics discussed were totally new to me and proved quite fascinating. The author, Mira Ptacin, did an excel...

  • Jacqueline Denis

    I found it interesting to read a non fiction book after reading a bunch of fiction books. This author took a look at Camp Etna, a spiritual community that started in the early 1900s in Maine. I enjoye...

  • Sarah

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.This book tells the story of the religion of Spirituality in America, and specifically focuses on Camp Etna, ...

  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna by Mira Ptacin from Goodreads.In her book, The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums,and Legend...

  • Kathy

    I received an ARC from the publisher; this did not influence my review.Three and a half stars.I live less than two and a half hours from Camp Etna and had never heard of the community or the religion ...

  • Krista

    Ptacin writes with a warmth and personal touch that made the book feel confessional and intimate. Based on the description, I was expecting a more straight-on history of American Spiritualism, but I w...