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Weird Pennsylvania (Weird) by Matt Lake
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Weird Pennsylvania (Weird)

by Matt Lake

Other authors: Mark Moran (Foreword), Mark Sceurman (Foreword)

Series: Weird U.S., Weird, Weird Travel Guide (Pennsylvania)

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A illustrated collection of tales about weird places and folk traditions in Pennsylvania to be used as a travel guide.

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  Gensert14 | Nov 3, 2009 |
First, there was "Weird New Jersey." But we Pa. residents knew that our local tales and legends could rival any Pine Barrens camper's story about the Jersey Devil. As if to confirm this, the "Weird" team assembled Pennsylvania's most memorable quirks in a most entertaining book. The books covers oddities, legends, rumors, monsters, aliens, gates to hell, ghosts... Pa. is big, but who knew there was room for all this crazy stuff? Reading this book will have you itching for a road trip.

Featured people and places get the personal touch through brief personal accounts from those who've been there. Some accounts sound more reliable than others, but it's left up to the reader to make judgments.

My edition is a few years old, and some things are a little out of date, most notably the deserted mental hospital known as "Byberry" is now torn down to make way for condos. But the piece on its sordid history is a good account of how spooky the place was, and how it became a mecca for the homeless and urban explorers.

For those who love reading about weird stuff, or for Pennsylvania residents who will cackle at recognition of local oddities, this book is sure to please. ( )
  StoutHearted | Jun 16, 2009 |
Interesting book. Learned a lot about the state I'm from. Looking forward to a couple of road trips to see some of the weird stuff in person. ( )
  booklover3258 | Mar 21, 2007 |
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