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Eccentric America: The Bradt Guide to All That's Weird and Wacky in the USA

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Everything in this extraordinary book is testimony to the fun that author Jan Friedman has had in its compilation. Where else would you encounter a woman who has built her business on ducks wearing diapers? Or a junk modeller legally married to one of his junk robots? Discovering eccentric characters, past and present, and putting on the map the most bizarre events that th ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Bradt Travel Guides
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Carol
Sep 23, 2011 Carol rated it liked it
All things quirky in America. I liked the outlay of this as it is regional and then broken down further to festivals and events, eccentric environs, museums and collections, attractions, tours, shopping, cuisines, etc. I particularly like the sub-category "rooms with a skew", quirky places to stay. For instance, if you're heading out to Kentucy, consider The Wildwood Inn Tropical Dome and Spa with cave suites, The Happy Day Suite in which you can sleep in the back of a 1950 Chevy or catch some z ...more
Tracey
Dec 19, 2007 Tracey rated it liked it
In anticipation of driving from Indiana to Florida this spring, I checked this out from the library.

This guide book lists the unusual events, activities, museums, displays, restaurants, lodgings and other oddities to be found across the United States. Broken down by region, then by state, each section has a map, so you can easily locate the desired oddity. Friedman provides a quick description for each entry, as well as contact info (including URL's & e-mail addresses, if available) and hou
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Brian Hodges
Jul 19, 2008 Brian Hodges rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
If you're somebody who loves finding the quirky bits leftover from the golden age of Roadside, America, this is definitely the book for you. Any travel book can direct you to the Grand Canyon or Mount Rushmore. But only this book can tell you where to find a "Museum for Questionable Medical Devices" or the bar where Wild Bill Hickock was shot, or a pig-testicle-eating festival, or the grand-daddy of all roadside attractions, the World's Largest Ball of Twine.

We used this book in preparation for
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Monica Helsby
Feb 07, 2016 Monica Helsby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously one of my favorite books ever. I even wrote the author a letter to tell her so!
Jamie Kay
Jul 01, 2007 Jamie Kay rated it liked it
I used this book as one of several guides for my trip across the country. It's not as cleverly written as The Roadside America and most of the places of interest were pretty tame...but there are many funny and weird places to see. This book gives very specific information about the places including location, general operating hours and phone numbers. Nice!
David
May 05, 2012 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: cask-wine, dnf
A flick through book. Although there are maps in there it could have been set out better. Lots of trivia. Could do with more pictures but really the Guinness book of records is better. Not worth bothering with but it is what it says
Leah
Mar 27, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to go through this book it is so full of information. Probably much better for a less obsessive person....
Lisa
Feb 14, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Used this when we were traveling the country to find stuff other than typical tourist things to see.
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