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The Domestic Life of the Jersey Devil by [Sprouse, Bill]
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"...[I]nformative and funny..." -- S.P. Sullivan, Inside Jersey
"Sprouse's gonzo approach to the subject provides a delightfully amusing counterpoint to the often dry but thorough account he gives of the conflicts that led to the demonization of Daniel Leeds, a renegade Quaker and father to Japhet Leeds, supposed progenitor of the legendary beast. He interjects contemporary interviews and wanderings with an extraordinarily well-researched account of the historical context that gave birth to this enduring Fortean phenomenon. His descriptions of both colonial and contemporary Piney culture are vivid and accurate, dispelling denigrating myths and pseudo-scientific frauds that have persisted for centuries. His personal reflections on his own origins and reasons for pursuing the subject offer an enlightening insight into the restless malaise that often afflicts those who are raised in the suburban tracts that abut the Pine Barrens. It's a remarkably entertaining and informative book, and a must-have for anyone interested in early colonial American history, the Pine Barrens, or the erratic and absurd cryptid known as the Jersey Devil." -- Al Cabal, Splice Today
"The book reads more like a John McPhee-type essay than a dry history tome as the author mixes history with his own stories of his grandmother and his interactions with various locals as he tries to figure out what the Jersey Devil actually is." -- Ben Ruset, NJPineBarrens.com
"...[I]nterwoven among the author's personal insights is a deep history
of Quakerism in West Jersey." -- Atlantic Heritage

About the Author

Bill Sprouse grew up in Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. When he was a young boy, his grandmother said he was related to the Jersey Devil. What could she have meant by such a thing?

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  • File Size: 897 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Oyster Eye Publishing; 1 edition (October 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GNJ3JJG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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