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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (5 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841621269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841621265
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,445,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jan Friedman has spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay area. A travel writer, photographer, and former tour guide, she explored 56 countries before discovering that her very own could offer as much adventure as the most exotic foreign locale. Her" Eccentric America" was voted Best Travel Guide by the North American Travel Journalists' Association in 2001 and in 2002 won the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Award for Guidebooks.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Weeks on 9 Aug. 2008
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A fun guide to where most Americans think most of their nuts are to be found. As a friend of mine says, 'North American is tilted in such a way that everything loose slides to Southern California." Entertaining, but not any way as good as Eccentric London.
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Eccentric California 20 Dec. 2005
By Mrs. Boat 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author Jan Friedman has touched base on so many eccentric places, things and events in California.

Her detailed explanation of each place makes me want to pack my bags and go see them all.

Coming from Phoenix, AZ I have not seen or been too much in the Golden State, but with 2006 around the corner and a great book. My News Year's resolution is to travel and get coffee stains all over this fantastic read.

And to all you want to be PRICE IS RIGHT CONTESTANTS.

This author has hit the nail on it's head.

Not only did I stay at the Farmer's Daughter Hotel and was prepped with the best insiders information. I also started milking the cows about 4:00am just to become the:

Showcase Showdown Winner.

Yes, I said WINNER!!!!!!

I'm very excited to see more with this book in 2006.

Thanks for the great information on California.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Eccenric California - Don't believe the misconceptions. 30 Oct. 2005
By Global Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are many misconceptions about the Golden State and one of them is that California is an eccentric place. And, in truth, eccentricity there is not the same as eccentricity in, say Utah.

California is known for it's cutting edge social conventions, and admittedly, many first originated in the Golden State (from Frisbees and motels to skateboards and drive in churches).

Clearly, author Jan Friedman has her work cut out for her, but she seems up to the challenge, discussing festivals and events, peculiar pursuits, museums and collections, "quirkyvilles" (towns with a twist), offbeat tours, unusual cuisine , kitschy attractions, and anything and everything else that is different to say the least.
Funny and True 14 Feb. 2006
By DF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a native Californian (who ran away from San Francisco because it was getting too mainstream and conservative) I am very familiar with many of the things reviewed in this book, most particularly in the Central and Northern coastal areas. But, much to my surprize, areas that I thought I knew well house many previously unknown and interesting places to visit and things to do. Cool!

Definitely worth dropping a few bucks for if you are planning on discovering what makes Californians tick. (Just remember, Northern and Southern California really are two different states, lol.)
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent California Travel Guide 7 Mar. 2006
By K. Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Eccentric California is a wonderful travel guide for those visiting California! It is full of great leads and information about the quirky and fun places and events California has to offer! I highly recommend bringing this book with you on your next visit to the Golden State!
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