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Weird Tennessee: Your Travel Guide to Tennessee's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Hardcover – May 3, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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About the Author

Roger Manley is a photographer, folklorist, curator, filmmaker, and author of several books-including Weird Louisiana and Weird Carolinas. His other projects include mega-exhibitions for the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and the feature-length film Mana: Beyond Belief.
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Product Details

  • Series: Weird
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402754655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402754654
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The legends and stories passed down from generation to generation tell a lot about a place and its people. That's what makes Weird Tennessee such a compelling read. The stories recounted in this book reveal a great deal about the history and values of Tennesseans. This book is chocked full of legends, folklore, ghost stories, and larger-than-life historical places and figures. Some of the stories will give you chills, but the book is more than just a collection of ghost stories or alleged paranormal phenomena. Instead, it is a quirky tour of what makes Tennessee such a unique and fascinating place to live.

That being said, the book was not without its problems. There is a fairly significant amount of typos throughout the book and the author is very fond of using bad puns. Maybe the worst feature was the use of letters and emails sent in to the editors at Weird U.S. Most of these "reader letters" were dumb, uninteresting, and did not add anything to what the author had just said.

Despite its problems, I still think this is great book. You will not find a better collection of Tennessee's legends and folklore anywhere else or as nicely put together as this book.
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Very good travel guide. Only problem is that somebody in my family has absconded with my copy of this book. I was not through with it. It is the type of book that you would like to re-read parts of it as you travel. Note to family member - please return this book if you should ever finish it. There are tons of fun and informative information in this book. I just wish I had it back.
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"If you think you know Tennessee, you're wrong unless you have read this book - ghosts from Memphis's grand Orpheum Theatre to the former John Sevier Center Hotel in Johnson City and 12 other Tennessee locations including Printer's Alley; truly weird cemetery headstones; building tops from Western State Hospital to the Old Tennessee State Penitentiary to the seven thousand gallon milk bottle in Memphis; much less the roadside oddities, unusual animals, local villains and more just down right fun stuff."
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Having moved to Tennessee from Kentucky and loving Weird Kentucky I had to pick this book up. It's another nice collection of odd, strange and weird tales from the Volunteer State that should interest anyone.

I will say upfront I did not enjoy the book as much as I did Weird Kentucky or many of the other Weird US books. There is plenty here to enjoy but most of it lacks the punch of many of the other books. I thought it might be me becoming jaded but I also picked up Weird New York with Weird Tennessee and greatly enjoyed Weird NY.

That's not to say that Weird Tennessee wasn't enjoyable. There are plenty of weird and odd tales just as I would expect from the Weird US series. However, the ghost story section did seem slightly bland this time around as did the abandoned areas (sharply contrasting the awesome similar sections contained in the aforementioned volumes). It's as though a lot of the book was spent on researching the Bell Witch Legend (Which receives over 4 pages which is a lot for the Weird US series) and not much else. The ghost tales are good but not great and seem to suffer from a lack of investigation or research.

The rest of the book is spot on to what one would expect from the Weird US series. Odd roadside attractions, spooky roads, strange occurrences and more fill the pages with fun topics to talk about and possibly visit. It's a nice addition to the collection if you like the Weird US series, are a resident, or even if you just want to visit Tennessee's less than well know side. It's fun and I would recommend it to anyone.
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This, like all the weird books, digs up interesting and unusual information within a state. You sure can learn a lot about the history and culture of Tennessee by reading this book.
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Someone had given me the "Weird Kentucky" book by these authors. This was a gift for a friend whose heart is in Tennessee. I know she will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed mine.
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By Spencer on October 23, 2011
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The book is great. It arrived in the condition described and on time. Wonderful buy and fantastic quality of service
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This is actually the second one of these that I have purchased for family members. They love this book and it is a great gift for people who like history.
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