Review: “Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal” by Erin Gilbert, Abby L. Yates, and Andrew Shaffer

28185873Ghost from Our Past is a media tie-in to this summer’s new Ghostbusters film. In the movie-verse, the book was initially written by Drs. Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates (Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, respectively) during their college days in the 90s. It was a doomed failure until recent events (spoiler alert) forced the scientists to become the Ghostbuters in order to save New York (end-ish of spoilers, but just go see the movie). Now published as a “Newly Revised and Somewhat Updated” edition, Ghosts from Our Past has the throwback nostalgia as a ghost hunting book of the 90s with the comedy of modern techniques and technologies.

This is a laugh-out-loud guide to the interesting history of paranormal studies and ghost hunting with the positive promotion of girl-power and women in science (including some on-point clapbacks at some of the misogynist new movie haters out there). Ghost from Our Past gives a thorough, factual history of early ghost studies, including hunting and communicating. Tied in are some anecdotes and history on our new Ghostbusters and includes some special appearances by Holtzman, Patty, and KEVIN. At the end of the book, there is kind-of a DIY guide for ghost hunting. It comes complete with an equipment checklist and a handy questionnaire for gathering your ghost knowledge.

I really enjoyed diving into this book. Outside of the fact that it takes place in the Ghostbusters-verse, it has a lot of cool information. The real author, Andrew Shaffer did an excellent job at gathering data and embodying the Gilbert and Yates’ characteristics and attidudes from the movie, allowing them to really come to life.

4/5 Stars.

I received a free copy of Ghost from Our Past from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.


About heatherrochon

I am a recent grad of creative writing and journalism. Right now, I'm working on book reviews and getting through life. Books, cats, and a nice cup of tea can get me through any day.
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