Superlatives USA: The Largest, Smallest, Longest, Shortest, and Wackiest Sites in America

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The nation’s biggest tricycle, its sunniest city, its fastest glacier, its most secure prison—-the list of American superlatives is long and nowhere can travelers buy a guide to find them all. Superlatives USA provides a wealth of information and humorous stories about the sites and the curators who watch over them for more than 100 of America’s superlatives like: the biggest T-Rex skeleton in Chicago and the largest door in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The book is organized by state, making it easy to pinpoint ...

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The nation’s biggest tricycle, its sunniest city, its fastest glacier, its most secure prison—-the list of American superlatives is long and nowhere can travelers buy a guide to find them all. Superlatives USA provides a wealth of information and humorous stories about the sites and the curators who watch over them for more than 100 of America’s superlatives like: the biggest T-Rex skeleton in Chicago and the largest door in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The book is organized by state, making it easy to pinpoint locations on a drive, like seeing the country’s smallest church on your way to Disneyland. Also included are photos, directions to the sites, and information on fees and hours.

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"RVers who travel the country and have their own favorite quirky sites will enjoy 'Superlatives USA' by Melissa Jones....The travel guide to quirky sites and the curators who watch over them are organized by state, making it easy to pinpoint locations."

"A survey of odder destinations organized in a state-by-state arrangement for easy consultation. From the biggest ball of paint to the longest porch and the world's largest giant rocking chair, Superlatives USA will make a welcome guide to the zaniest of destinations - and will make them easy to find, giving not just descriptions and black and white photos, but directions."

"Not the average road trip. Melissa Jones cataloged the country’s largest, longest, smallest, oldest – basically anything ending in ‘est’ for her new book 'Superlatives USA.' There are natural wonders, campy items contrived for tourists, and many curiosities."

Melissa had an article published in the July/ August 2005 issue of AAA Go Magazine.
"Melissa L. Jones is the author of Superlatives USA, a book about the biggest and littlest things in the country."

"If you like to visit unusual places in the U.S. — or just read about them — then you must pick up a copy of ‘Superlatives USA’ where you'll find a compendium of interesting man-made and naturally occurring sites in America....By interspersing natural wonders with man-made curiosities, ‘Superlatives USA’ exposes an fascinating cross-section of American beauty and culture....A must-have for the active and armchair traveler with a penchant for quirky, road-less-traveled destinations."

"Jones searches America for extremes: huge trees, an 80-foot tire (built as a Ferris wheel) and that perennial favorite, the giant ball of twine. Books like this often condescend — hey, cool people, look what these rubes did — but Jones recounts her superlatives with affection....By the way, the country's largest hairball (are you sure you want to know this?) is in a Missouri veterinary museum."

"You have to give Jones credit; she drove her Mazda back and forth across the country, racking up more than 185,000 miles in the pursuit of the ‘-ests’ that make America what it is. For example, the largest collection of giant peanuts is in Dothan, Ala., and the largest six-pack graces the City Brewery in LaCrosse, Wis. This slim book of superlatives will fit right into your glove compartment, perfect for breaking the monotony of long summer drives with your family that usually produce nothing but expletives."

"A...compendium of the nation's fastest glacier, sunniest spot, biggest fake dinosaurs, oldest wooden whaling ship and other esoterica, with directions. Random and fun."

"'Superlatives USA' covers the largest, smallest, longest, shortest and wackiest sites in the country. Author Melissa L. Jones...does revel in the nation's diversity....Sure it's goofy, but it's also great fun."

"Beware taking this wonderful book on your next American road trip. You might decide that Disneyland isn't nearly as interesting as the smallest courthouse, biggest disco ball, windiest spot or the tallest roller coaster in the country....This book is the must-have travel book of the year."
"Readers can amuse themselves for hours with the fact-filled book ‘Superlatives USA: The Largest, Smallest, Longest, Shortest and Wackiest Sites in America.'Compiled by Melissa L. Jones, the book is crammed with descriptions of odd things in every state."

"In a country where big is better, this entertaining guide covers superlatives in all forms: largest, yes, but also smallest, longest, shortest and wackiest sites....Sure it's goofy, but it's also great fun."

"A brief history and description is provided for each entry, followed by directions, admittance fees, web sites, and telephone numbers...Readers will enjoy browsing this ephemeral little travel book."

"Some of these superlative sights are sublime. Others are ridiculous. Either way, their very existence teases many a motorist into pulling over for a closer look. In her new book, 'Superlatives USA: The Largest, Smallest, Longest, Shortest, and Wackiest Sites in America,' Melissa L. Jones directs road trippers to some of them."

"Hidden in the heart of College Park is a tiny, tranquil airport. Not such a big deal? It is to author Melissa Jones, who made sure the aviation station landed in her new book ‘Superlatives USA: The Largest, Smallest, Longest, Shortest and Wackiest Sites in America.’"

"It's fun to flip through and find such items as the ‘biggest peach’(South Carolina — Georgia should sue); ‘largest bull's head’ (South Dakota); and biggest Dick Tracy cartoon (Oklahoma)."

Regis Philbin uses "Superlatives USA" to quiz Kelly Rippa on "Live with Regis and Kelly."

"The quirky travel guide includes driving directions and contact information for more than 200 cheap or free curiosities, like the country’s smallest church, which sits on a pond in Oneida, New York, and the largest catsup bottle (actually a 170-foot water tower) in Collinsville, Illinois."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931868853
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Jones has been a professional writer for seven years. She has worked as a staff writer for The Arizona Republic and The Oregonian. Melissa enjoys traveling the country to find the smallest, largest, shortest, tallest, and wackiest sites she can. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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