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In 1991, Marsha Hunt learned that her paternal grandmother, Ernestine—committed to a mental institution in 1929 and subsequently dropped from family discussions—was still alive in a Memphis nursing home. Out of a horrified sense of obligation and a fear that Ernestine’s condition might be hereditary, Hunt rushed to Tennessee. There she learned that Ernestine had been misdiagnosed as schizophrenic and locked away for decades. Hunt recounts this story in Repossessing Ernestine, an overwritten account that might have made a fine magazine article. Hunt (an actress notorious for having had a daughter with Mick Jagger) reads at 6 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 429-9272. (Nathalie op de Beeck)