The In-Betweens

The In-Betweens 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 , Played Host To Generations Of Spiritualists And Mediums Dedicated To Preserving The Links Between The Mortal Realm And The Afterlife Beginning Her Narrative In 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

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[Epub] ➜ The In-Betweens  By Mira Ptacin –
  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The In-Betweens
  • Mira Ptacin
  • 07 February 2018
  • 9781631493812

10 thoughts on “The In-Betweens

  1. says:

    All my reviews live at 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 be published October 29, 2019 and you should preorder it visual evidence on Instagram shows that the cover is going to GLOW IN THE DARK, Y ALL The In Betweens is a fascinating, journalistic look into a world that quietly exists right under all of our noses or, at least, that s true for me To write the book, Ptacin spent a summer visiting Camp Etna, a place in the heart of Maine that s pivotal to the history of Spiritualism a fully legitimate religion that believes, primarily, that our spirits exist after death and that we can continue to communicate with them A few decades ago, Camp Etna swelled with unbelievable numbers of visitors every summer Today, we re in the ebb of the religion s ebb and flow, and not many people practice or even know about Spiritualism.Through Ptacin s eyes, we get to meet many of the people who run and or live at Camp Etna mediums, psychics, those who belong to a Spiritualist church, those who do not She does an amazing job of giving us the information that makes them human, individual, interesting, knowable There is an incredibly old woman who hates seemingly everyone and everything, and yet she s incredibly endearing and hilariously sweary mouthed There is a small, energetic woman who has taken it upon herself to chronicle the camp s history through artifact recovery There s a woman and her husband who specialize in helping spirits pass on after death, and they take Ptacin under their wing, warmly walking her through their world without judgment or question And it goes on.We also get interludes into the surprisingly rich American history of Spiritualism, from the suffragists to Harry Houdini to the present day This is, I think, the most surprising part there was a time when Spiritualism raged in the United States, with politics and court cases and celebrity A time, not that long ago, when Spiritualism wasn t unknown.Throughout the book, Ptacin narrates though a set of clear, unbiased eyes, even as she gives us sight lines into her own feelings and experiences She doesn t approach it as a believer or as a skeptic she is simply a kind and interested asker of questions, trier of new things, a person in the world A willing participant with an open mind and an eye for detail.I myself am probably less open minded than I would like to think I am So on the one hand, my brain is telling me that mediumship cannot possibly be real But also why not Truly, if all things are energy, and energy cannot be destroyed science , then why must it be impossible to communicate after death Are we so vain to believe that we have discovered all the science there is to discover about ourselves and about how the universe works and about death itself Now, knowing that there s such a rich history and close knit community centered on this possibility, I find myself slightly open to the possibilities I think I m going to be pondering this one a lot in the weeks to come And isn t that why we read books

  2. says:

    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 her own stories into this exploration into the history and community of Camp Etna Her capacity for empathy for all of the characters she captures on the page is astonishing and she brings into the light a religion often shrouded in fear and disbelief This book seeks to open eyes and minds and hearts, and succeeds beyond measure.

  3. says:

    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 Ptacin s experiences with these women gave me as a reader a way into their lives along with her I absolutely love the way it reads both as a memoir and as a piece of literary journalism Not only that, but the legends of Camp Etna themselves are soooo interesting I found the characters to be full, multidimensional and relatable Ditto with the setting I felt like I was pulled along into Ptacin s journey and also immersed in a piece of American history that I m so glad found its way into a book And it s feminist AF

  4. says:

    I was fortunate to receive an Advance Reading Copy of this volume through The topics discussed were totally new to me and proved quite fascinating The author, Mira Ptacin, did an excellent job providing an historic overview of Spiritualism in general as well as detailing her research experiences at Camp Etna in Maine XOXOXOs to Mira for presenting information about a little known spiritualist enclave that still exists

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    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 Legends of Camp Etna, Mira Ptacin presents the history of Spiritualism and Camp Etna through the stories of the people who, in the past as well as the present, practice the faith in its many forms The individuals Ptacin interviews at Camp Etna are as diverse as any population, and their stories are interesting While there are several photographs scattered throughout the book, readers develop a better understanding and are able to envision the camp through the author s descriptions.The In Betweens is a wonderful resource for true believers and a worthy informative history for the doubters Ptacin s book will inspire readers to reflect on their believe and to respect those who choose a different path.

  6. says:

    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 the camp and talking to the people who call it home The history is interesting and kept me reading till the end Side note Growing up, my mom would read tarot cards and rune stones for my friends and I It was always fun for us, as we all attended a Christian school Whilst at Girl Scout camp one time, some girls from another school had a Ouija board and a bunch of my friends were scared of it That was about my experience with Spiritualism.

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    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, a camp in central Maine that was one of many that apparently flourished across the country in Spiritualism s heyday of the late 19th early 20th centuries The camp still exists today, and the narrative is interspersed with Ptacin s experiences visiting there for research, where she met many of the people who live there in season Spiritualists, mediums, psychics, and those adjacent to some or all of these.I grew up in Maine and was really excited to read this book The descriptions of the Maine coast and woods brought me home to a familiar place, which I loved The blurb made it sound like this place was kind of a feminist utopia, and having heard stories from some of my elders back home of the communes they lived on during the back to the land movement, and having farmed in Maine myself for nearly a decade, I think I was searching for something specific that isn t this story.I should ve known from the start that this was going to be a very white narrative Maine is a super white state and mainstream feminism is still , in the year of 2019, very white, cis, and straight The I read this book, the it became clear that the religion of Spiritualism is white too, its feminism is white, and some of its practices blatantly appropriate Indigenous spirituality There are Indigenous people involved in Camp Etna, but the place caters to white people There was also a tiny mention of prominent Spiritualists lecturing to the KKK, and then that was never mentioned again Like, what My issues with this book have to do with the story being told than the writing Ptacin effectively wove in some of her personal experience, specifically the death of her young brother her skepticism of faith and her personal journey of expanding her thinking as a result of this research and experience at Camp Etna She also recounted some truly wild stories from history, the most interesting of which was about Harry Houdini s crusade against Spiritualism lol But in the end I found I would rather have read an Own Voices book about Wabanaki culture in Maine and the spirituality in cultures indigenous to this land I also found some of the descriptions of people problematic like describing Indigenous children as tougher looking than white kids and things like pearl white skin to describe some of the white women Overall this was interesting and very well researched, but I m left wanting something different.

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    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 of Spiritualism before this book Ptacin alternates between explaining the tenets of the religion, discussing the history, and sharing her encounters with current Spiritualists I found her experiences at camp and with current Spiritualists immersive and fascinating Ptacin engages in such activities as table tipping, aura reading, mediumship, ghost hunting, and dowsing, and maintains an openness and willingness to engage that is refreshing While the history of the religion, and its critics opponents through the years, are certainly pertinent and valuable to the overall story, I wish that these sections had been pared down in favor of current encounters For example, there are classes offered in mediumship and it would have been fascinating to read about Ptacin s experiences with classes as a participant rather than as a journalist while she participated as a client, she never attempted to learn any skills outside of dowsing Overall, this is a unique and illuminating look at a little known, and lesser understood, religion and its proponents.

  9. says:

    Ptacin writes with a warmth and personal touch that made the book feel confessional and intimate Based on the description, I was expecting a straight on history of American Spiritualism, but I was pleased with the personal narrative aspects as well as the fact based sections Sometimes the shift from historical retelling to personal experience felt a little abrupt, but overall the flow was smooth and kept me reading I appreciate how the book has a distinct point of view without insisting that a reader draw the same conclusions that the author has reached I will be recommending this book to the people who browse the 133s and similar areas Netgalley provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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