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California Fruits, Flakes, and Nuts: True Tales of California Crazies, Crackpots and Creeps

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A freewheeling catalog of misfits, eccentrics, creeps, criminals, and failed dreamers, this compendium profiles 45 bizarre personalities who exemplify the Golden State's well-deserved reputation for nonconformity. In the pages, Gold Rush pioneers are revealed as murderous madmen; Hollywood celebrities are shown to be drug-addled sex maniacs; early hippies are just 1950s weirdos; and even seemingly ordinary Californians have a talent for freakish, crazy, and criminal behavior. From frontier lunatic Grizzly Adams, ...

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Overview

A freewheeling catalog of misfits, eccentrics, creeps, criminals, and failed dreamers, this compendium profiles 45 bizarre personalities who exemplify the Golden State's well-deserved reputation for nonconformity. In the pages, Gold Rush pioneers are revealed as murderous madmen; Hollywood celebrities are shown to be drug-addled sex maniacs; early hippies are just 1950s weirdos; and even seemingly ordinary Californians have a talent for freakish, crazy, and criminal behavior. From frontier lunatic Grizzly Adams, whose head was one massive wound after multiple bear attacks, to "I Love Lucy" star William Frawley, a racist, misogynist, foul-mouthed drunk, and legendarily awful film director Ed Wood, "California Fruits, Flakes, and Nuts" is a side-splitting look at the people who made California the strangest place on earth.

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A fine survey that provides short biographies of nearly fifty California personalities, from outright criminals to dreamers ... a definitive, fun alternate history will find this perfect for leisure browsing or historical review. —Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610351942
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 967,643
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kulczyk is a historian and journalist whose work has appeared in the "Chico News and Review," ""the "East Bay Express," the "Sacramento News and Review," and the "San Francisco Guardian." He is the author of "California Justice" and" Death in California." He lives in Sacramento, California.

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