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Iowa Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff
     

Iowa Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff

by Dan Coffey, Eric Jones, Berit Thorkelson
 
When Iowa is quirky, it's quirky in a powerfully subtle way. The familiar made strange is much scarier than the strange made strange. Coming upon a three-headed monster from outer space doesn't hold a candle to the shock visitors get from the 13-foot giant sloth wearing a Santa suit in Iowa City.

Iowa is the most normal place on the planet, so the people and

Overview

When Iowa is quirky, it's quirky in a powerfully subtle way. The familiar made strange is much scarier than the strange made strange. Coming upon a three-headed monster from outer space doesn't hold a candle to the shock visitors get from the 13-foot giant sloth wearing a Santa suit in Iowa City.

Iowa is the most normal place on the planet, so the people and places covered in this book will be as everyday as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread, but as twisted as a corn dog dipped in horseradish. As film maker David Lynch ("Blue Velvet," "Eraserhead") shows in his movies, it's what's beneath the surface that's really tells the story. As for Iowa's story, well, we'll let the facts speak for themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762725489
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Series:
Curiosities
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Dan Coffey, best known as public radio's "Dr. Science," was the star of a PBS special and a Fox television series. Along with Merle Kessler, he developed the "Ask Dr. Science" show and co-wrote Dr. Science's Big Book of Science (Contemporary Books) and Dr. Science's Big Book of Science, Simplified (William Morrow). He lives in Iowa City.

Coauthor Eric Jones is a recent graduate of The University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. A personal essayist and travel writer, he also works as a mover and as a nursing assistant at the University of Iowa Hospital's Burn Treatment Center.

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