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Hometown Revelations - How America's cities, towns, and states acquired their names Paperback – September 1, 2006

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Ever wonder how your hometown or your ancestor's got its moniker? Find out in Hometown Revelations: How America's Cities, Towns, and States Acquired Their Names. It covers most major U.S. cities, as well as towns such as Peculiar, Happy and Monkeys Eyebrow - likely including a few places in your family history --Family Tree Magazine - July 2007 by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack p. 71

NPR Weekend Edition Saturday June 23, 2007 Whether it's Monkey's Eyebrow, Toad Suck, Bad Axe or Embarrass, guaranteed someone calls it home in America. Mark Usler has collected odd town names and the stories behind them in his book, Hometown Revelations. Interview with Linda Wertheimer www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11326864 --NPR Weekend Saturday - June 23, 2007 www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11326864

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You might be familiar with Mark. He is the author of Hometown Revelations. You may have heard Mark on a morning radio talk show or on television. He was the guy talking about how a town like Monkey's Eyebrow, KY acquired its name. If you have never heard of Mark, he's the guy along the side of the highway looking at the funny road sign or historical marker. Please don't hit him!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: DM Enterprises Inc.; 1st edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978698703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978698706
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You might be familiar with Mark. He is the author of Hometown Revelations. You may have heard Mark on a morning radio talk show or on television. He was the guy talking about how a town like Monkey's Eyebrow, KY acquired its name.

If you have never heard of Mark, he's the guy along the side of the highway looking at the funny road sign or historical marker. Please don't hit him!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Erik Wieland on February 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Filled with grammatical errors, punctuation errors, and inanities. I LOVE this kind of book, and I have a whole shelf full of place name references. I had to put this book down after the first 15 pages or so, because it was just too painful to read. I understand that the author meant well, and obviously enjoyed his subject, but this book is yet more evidence that not everyone should be a published author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cayce Babuder on September 14, 2008
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This publication reminds me of those publications you see at the counter of a Stuckey's checkout. I call it that because it's too slim to be an actual book. At 95 large-type pages its more like a thick pamphlet.

It reads like the author spent a few afternoons gleaming information from Wikipedia.com. There's no real scholarly research here and each entry is barely a paragraph long. Fine if you need something to read during a long car trip but otherwise totally unsatisfying.

I agree with the other review in that too much emphasis is placed on MO and KS. Way too much is left out. For example, how did the town of Ninety Six, S.C. get its name? Not in there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Bartemus on November 14, 2008
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So often I felt that there was more to the story. In fact, in a couple of instances I KNEW there was more to the story. And there are so many curiously named cities that were completely ignored. Learning that yet another town was named after a person got to be boring after awhile. I got the impression that very little actual research was done.
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By P. S. Wright on September 10, 2012
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I bought this book really more as research into what was already out there on the subject when I had a notion that I would write such a book. Finding there are dozens already available, I gave up on writing my own, at least for now.

I found this book more than adequate if you just want to know the origins of town names. If you are looking for humor or insight, don't bother. You can get this same information on the internet, but the author has done you the favor of doing the research for you. It might come in handy for teachers or people looking to construct puzzle or game clues or possibly as a handy reference for writers and such.

I didn't find any glaring errors, though I also wasn't looking for them. It's worth the low cost I paid for it, but not sure I'd spend more.
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