[ Read Online Weird New England (Weird) × writing PDF ] by Joseph A. Citro ✓ Weird New England, Your travel guide to New Englands local legends, Best Kept Secrets by Joseph Citro
Lots of places to visit with the unusual especially in my back yard.
Always good for a day trip.
4 statues of frogs sitting on spools of thread over the Willamantic River, CT would be a good photo op for us.
Lots of other places around the New England area, day trips or a night at the hotel if you can plan for many visits to the sites.
Ghost and cemetery stories also along with just strange sights.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Very fun read and very comprehensive.
They nailed a few weird stories and obscure places near where I grew up in CT that no one would know! Surprised to see Chris Gethard wrote one back before he was famous.
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But it got a little dull at points, so I ended up skimming more than I would have wanted to.
I always wanted to read this book.
My motherinlaw has a cottage in the mountains of New Hampshire, so we often take road trips around New England as an inexpensive alternative to a pricey vacation, when money is tight.
We also have explored a lot of remote Northern New England on long rides to and from Montreal.
I thought this book would add some excitement to future road trips and I wasn't wrong.
I am now dying to find the Mellonheads and Frog people.
The ghost stories scared the crap out of me.
Can't wait to get on the road and start exploring some of the books finds, like the holy city! And can't wait to read other editions of this series! I first read "Weird Florida" a decade ago, but haven't read anything in this series since then.
I must admit it has not aged well.
These books are an odd amalgamation of the tangible yet oddunusual statues, out of place objects, Gusiness world record holders for largest/smallest whateverwith an array of folklore, paranormal, and cryptozoological tales.
The authors are usually casually dismissive of any mundane explanation.
It's all done at a very introductory level with many stories quite vague on names and dates, with any kind of citation or source usually absent.
This book has the audacity at one point to criticize another work because "For the serious researcher, this practice is a nuisance because it makes the tales impossible to verify.
" These books are built on tales impossible to verify and generally useless to the serious researcher! Even as a travel guide the book is of limited use as the reader must do further research to locate the location mentioned; no address or GPS coordinates are given.
There's a certain audience that undoubtedly eats this stuff up without hesitation.
The books are useful for finding unusual places worth a visit; there are a number of places in Florida I first learned about from "Weird Florida" and there are several places from this book going on my To Visit.
However, I find the overall value to be pretty limited and I'm glad I got this from the public library rather than buying it.
This is one of those books that most people probably don't read every page of.
I know I didn't as a lot of the stories seemed uninteresting to me.
I just want to point out that it annoys me to get a book like this, and then there is no address or location info provided so you are unable to find the places on your own.
Some of the stories talk about a specific picture, and then they don't include the picture.
Pretty pointless to include that story if you ask me.
Its just a tease because now I want to see the photo.
I did like how you could look in the back and find stories that went to specific states.
Its surprising how many books don't do this.
New England is up there on the weirdness meter: old cemeteries, crazy epitaphs, H.
Lovecraft, Pomoola, Dighton Rock, Salem witchcraft trials, Stephen King, the Bridgewater Triangle, Mary Baker Eddy, the Goshen Tunnel, Betty & Barney Hill, America's Stonehenge, "Ghost Cars," the Moodus noises, Joseph Smith, the Oneida Community, Phineas Gage, the Lake Winnipesaukee mystery stone, Wilhelm Reich, spontaneous human combustion, the Dover Demon, Loren Coleman, the Upton Tunnel, Lake Champlain monster, Gungywamp, Skull and Bones, and Purgatory Chasm.
And better writing than many others in the Weird America series.
I want to start by saying, I read THE WHOLE BOOK.
I emphasize this becauase I wanted to quit so, so many times, but I wouldn't because it's one of the books I actually paid money for, so I was determined not to abandon it.
I had to get my money's worth, you know?
I purchased this at an independent bookstore in Burlington, VT on a New England road trip.
I want to support independent bookstores, but it's hard to do so when I have stopped buying books unless I've read them and loved them (and then I buy them immediately, not waiting to find a cute independent shop).
So I did it! Along with my obligatory sticker or bookmark, I bought this book and lugged it along our road trip, assuming I'd discover even more cool things to see on our trip than I had already put into the itinerary.
But it didn't work that way at all.
The book is organized by theme, not by city/state/region, so I couldn't really access all that an area had to offer before I entered it, even by index.
I quickly gave up on that and just started to read from page one until the end, as that was how it was written with elaborate introductions and intentional transitions from one story to the next, one chapter to the next.
It read like the Reader's Digest.
It's simple and hokey.
It induced much eyerolling and lacked any citations or credible research that couldn't be done by just anyone using the internet.
Much of it was garbage.
Some would make a decent campfire ghost story, and most of it was stuff you've heard everyone in town repeat, such as in Ottumwa, IA, my uncle and EVERY SINGLE PERSON I HAVE EVER MET THERE says, "Down in the hydro, they say there's fish that could kill a man.
" They say it just like that, everyone, as routine and automatic as a teen responding, "fine" to "How are you?" These authors captured these vague beliefs and stories and respun them in their own words, but they're as useful as that bit from Ottumwa, IA.
They entertain for a moment.
Now, had someone found an article about a man getting eaten or half eaten by a fish, or news articles regarding multiple disappearences near the hydro to back up that claim, I'd be fascinated for quite some time and maybe even dream of experiments to test the theory out, etc.
That was how I felt about most of the stuff in this book; it was just unbelieavable hearsay with nothing to back up the claims, but I think I was not the intended reader.
The occasional reader on the toilet was probably more the correct audience.
It was also offensive in its use of language, such as referring to people as lunatics, freaks, and weirdos, even when talking about populations of people who supposedly actually exist today (like the "melonheads").
At one point, early in our trip, my traveling companion pointed out the whale tales on the cover of the book and said, "Hey! We saw those statues on the side of the highway and wondered about them!" This was BEFORE Burlington, but I am not a visual person and didn't even notice the cover.
I quickly used the index to find out about them.
Here is exactly what I found (in its entirety): "I was driving to Vermont when I came across this odd and wonderfully weird site.
Along the fields and mountains, I came across those "whale tails" on Rt.
89 by or in Burlington.
Is it some whale cemetery? All I kept asking myself is WHY?? It made me laugh, and I just wanted to share my road site attraction.
" That's IT.
That was all I got.
SERIOUSLY? I went online and found the entire history of the whale tales and why they are there outside of Burlington.
That's how freaking useful this book is.
So why a 2 and not a 1? It did mildly entertain me at times, and sometimes, just SOMETIMES, I got some real history (like the fact that the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, was a pretty awesome liberal who was kicked out of Massachusetts for his beliefsthis was the interesting part, not the ghost story about him evidence that there was nonnative American Indian life in North America from visiting parties outside of the Vikings over a thousand years before them, etc.
, info about Dr.
Whilhelm Reich and the first serial killer with his hotel of death, and information about real, verifiable human beings who created interesting folk art in the 20th century.
These things I looked up on my own and learned all about them, the book just igniting my interest.
My favorite sections, and most useful, was Personalized Property and Cemetery Safari.
These are things I can actually add to a road trip and I'd love to see them, such as the house made entirely of newspapers which is now a museum.
Bottom line: This is no good for inspiring travelers to see weird things on a road trip; it appeals to people who don't crave depth or research in their nonfiction; it may give you good ghost stories and stories of UFO sitings, bigfoot, a loch ness monster type thing in Lake Champlain (come on, now), ghosts, and all kinds of silly creepy tales with no proof of any sort to use to entertain your kids or a group at a campfire.
It was okay.
I did learn a little, as long as I sought the internet to dive deeper, and that's better than nothing.
That doesn't happen every day.