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Weird California by Greg Bishop

Weird California

by Greg Bishop, Mike Marinacci (Author), Joe Oesterle (Author)

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

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

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THE WEIRD SERIES   What’s weird around here? That’s a question Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman have enjoyed asking for years—and their offbeat sense of curiosity led them to create the best-selling phenomenon, Weird N.J.  But why should they stop at New Jersey when there’s so much that’s peculiar, odd, and utterly nutty across the whole U.S.' So the two Marks—along with several other writers with a taste for the strange—have focused on some key locales, giving each of them the full “New Jersey” treatment. Spanning the breadth of the country, from New York to California, these are travel guides of a sort, but to the kind of places voyagers will never find on their everyday maps. Instead, they’re chock-full of local legends, crazy characters, cursed roads, and bizarre roadside attractions. So come along and join the fun: Some of what’s out there is disturbing, some hilarious, but all of it is unforgettably…weird.   Praise for WEIRD N.J.: “They are the chroniclers of the creepy, bards of the bizarre…From abandoned asylums to colorful real-life characters past and present, to folk stories of ghosts, monsters, and aliens, Mr. Sceurman and Mr. Moran have created a journal of New Jersey’s unwritten history.”—The New York Times.   “Enough with the head-severing mobsters of Jersey. The state is packed with far more evil than TV could ever invent—from satanic Klan rallies to time-traveling tree farmers. And Weird N.J. has the pictures to prove it.”—Rolling Stone.   “Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran see their native state as others do not. For them, it is a demented Disneyland of worldly, and otherworldly, delights.”—The Boston Globe.   “If it’s the offbeat, paranormal or downright weird that you crave…there could be no better place”—USA Today.     Praise for Weird U.S. “Weird U.S. is delicious armchair reading. Who can resist an ax-wielding man in a bunny suit, a home shaped like a giant shoe, cannibal albino villages, midget colonies, passages to hell or close relations of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster?”—San Francisco Chronicle.   “Weird U.S. is a marvelous work of entertainment and the basis for a truly unique vacation.”—Library Journal.   “Kudos to Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman…This is the book by which future explorers will chart their road trips in pursuit of the meaning of this nation.”—New York Press.… (more)



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My boyfriend Paul and I used this book a lot on our California road trip. It was more interesting as a folk lore trivia book than a travel guide. Even then not that interesting (like, Fry's electronic stores? Seriously?). Maybe if it was still the 90s, and I was still into the x-files. ( )
  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
I was surprised by how much I didn't know about the state I have lived in for more than 40 years. I thought it was very interesting, lots of nice pictures and seems no matter where you live in California there is something weird close by! ( )
  garcia6690 | May 31, 2013 |
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Bishop, GregAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marinacci, MikeAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Oesterle, JoeAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Moran, MarkEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sceurman, MarkEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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“Best Travel Series of The Year 2006”—Booklist

What’s weird around here? Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman asked themselves this question for years. And it’s precisely this offbeat sense of curiosity that led the duo to create Weird N.J. and the successful series that followed. The NOT shockingly result? Every Weird book has become a best seller in its region!

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This best-selling series has sold more than one million copies…and counting

Thirty volumes of the Weird series have been published to great success since Weird New Jersey's 2003 debut
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