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Myths and Mysteries of Missouri is a book you'll want to own if you live in the 'Show me State,' and you'll want to give to friends and relatives who reside in other places because--well, you need to show them what a spellbinding and mesmerizing place it is. Carroll County Times

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Josh Young transited Missouri countless times before he ever thought he wanted to live in the Show Me State. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Indiana University, Josh taught kids from college to kindergarten before doing a stint as a family services caseworker. One year, when he should have known better, he shouldered a sixty-pound backpack, hitchhiking around the United States. That grand adventure introduced him to the Missouri/Arkansas Ozarks. Settling on a little farm deep in the woods near Branson (with Johnny and June Cash for neighbors briefly), Josh continued social work, while garnering a few awards for a locally syndicated humor column. He currently works and plays at his home at Long Creek Herb Farm. He is still trying to decide what to do when he grows up.

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” providing an amazing amount of research and his own sometimes humorous theories 6 Nov. 2014
By Artistic Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading MYTHS AND MYSTERIES OF MISSOURI, by Josh Young. In this neat little book, Young details 13 “True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained,” providing an amazing amount of research and his own sometimes humorous theories. (He is known locally for a syndicated humor column.) The stories are all very different, so each new chapter was a surprise. I’m not from Missouri, but Young has definitely put the “Show Me” in this state. Everything from destructive earthquakes to a dog that could predict the winner of the Kentucky Derby - a fun read and great learning experience.
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Elevating Intrigue into Entertainment 8 Dec. 2014
By KC in KC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am thoroughly enjoying this book and learning in incredible amount about our neighboring state. Each chapter is well-researched and written in such a skillful way, combining fact and fun that elevates intrigue into entertainment. The chapter on the New Madrid Earthquake (the "Great Quake") absolutely blew me away -- I had no idea the level of destruction that took place. AND, it was in MISSOURI, not California or Japan -- smack dab in the middle of the U.S. Fascinating!
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What fun - sort of like having your favorite uncle telling ... 1 Dec. 2014
By Robbins Hail - Published on Amazon.com
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What fun - sort of like having your favorite uncle telling you stories! I learned lots about Missouri, laughed out loud, and just thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This would make an amazing gift for anyone who enjoys the kind of stories history books don't tell, but that are the real history of who we are. Thanks Josh Young - keep the stories coming!
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Trippng through Missouri 8 Dec. 2014
By fisherwoman - Published on Amazon.com
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As a visitor to Missouri this book opens up all kinds of interesting places to visit! In fact it makes me want to hit the road and visit all the places I can, mentioned in this book. Really fun reading about interesting events and places. Josh Young is a skilled investigator and makes the reading a light hearted adventure. I have read his other "Myths" books and they just keep getting better and more interesting. Thanks for all the information and the laughs.
Josh Young's book separates the notoriety from the nonsense 10 Jan. 2015
By Patsy - Published on Amazon.com
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Myths and Mysteries of Missouri: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained (Myths and Mysteries Series) by Josh Young (Author)

This book just screams “Road Trip!” After reading it, Show-Me locals will have to revisit some of these mysteries for themselves. True, many native Missourians will have heard something about most of these sites. Residents may even live near one of these anomalies.

The thirteen mysteries are scattered across the state. Each topic is perfect for a daytrip. Select a few mysteries and become a weekend detective.

I lived near the Jesse James family home, which is not far from his grave and close to a bank he robbed. I did not think there was a thing I didn't already know about this ruffian. In Clay county people celebrate Jesse James

This is where Myths and Mysteries of Missouri shines. There are Jesse James Days, festivals, carnivals, websites, marathons and parades to sort through. How much of the legend is true?

Super sleuth Josh Young has investigated how Jesse James managed to avoid capture, even while living a normal life in public. Practically every public touring cave in Missouri claims to be a Jesse James hideout. He is a local hero and his name is known worldwide.

Josh Young's book separates the notoriety from the nonsense about Jesse James, Jim the Wonder dog, and the Horse Whisperer Tom Bass. There are still plenty of lost caves, unfound silver minds, ghostly appearances in Missouri. Young’s' book is a great jumping off place for armchair historians and road trip warriors.

Be warned. Josh Young has discovered tidbits and new details about each mystery or myth. I wanted to read the whole book, nonstop when I picked it up.
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