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Bookworm Wednesday: Oddball Michigan

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Loving where you live is key in life, and Michigan is easy to love. If exploring the Mitten State is your idea of a fantastic summer, then you will have to order Oddball Michigan.

Oddball Michigan is a travel book that doesn’t suggest all of the “regular” places to see and visit in Michigan, it highlights all the “really strange places,” 450 of them to be exact.

Have you seen Singing Sands Beach? Lakenenland? Cherry-Bowl Drive-in Theater? Sojourner Truth’s Grave? Then you haven’t really explored Michigan!

This book makes digging through your home state such fun and highlights the little things, great festivals, and holiday novelties worth stopping for on your way to bigger and better attractions. The book gives detailed information for each attraction including address, phone, hours, cost and website, but what we really love is the background on each destination. Fun, out-load road-trip reading and a great gift for the Michigander who thinks she has seen it all.

And our favorite part of the book? The sections about what is illegal in each city or town. A little warning for you:  if you are headed to Detroit, don’t bring your crocodile…it is illegal to tie him to a city fire hydrant, and where else can you keep him safe in that bustling town?

Amazon.com summary: There’s more to Michigan than beautiful forests, shuttered factories, and miles and miles of stunning shoreline. Armed with this offbeat travel guide, you’ll soon discover the strange underbelly of the Great Lakes State. Michigan has monuments to fluoridation, snurfing, the designer of the Jefferson nickel, and the once-famous Mr. Chicken, as well as festivals honoring tulips, Christmas pickles, and a 38-acre fungus. It’s where you’ll find the World’s Largest Lugnut, the Nun Doll Museum, Joe’s Gizzard City, the Teenie-Weenie Pickle Barrel Cottage, Howdy Doody, and Thomas Edison’s last breath. The state also has its share of weird history—it’s where Harry Houdini perished on Halloween night in 1926, where skater Tanya Harding’s posse whacked Nancy Kerrigan, and where the Kellogg brothers invented popular breakfast cereals and less-popular yogurt enemas. Along with humorous histories and witty observations, Oddball Michigan provides addresses, websites, hours, fees, and driving directions for each of its 450 entries.

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