Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Book Talk Tuesday- May 6, 2008

Utah Curiosities by Brandon Griggs is a book from publisher Globe Pequot, who is known for their interesting and quirky travel guides. Utah Curiosities is another book in the state "Curiosities" series in which authors find those hidden gems in each state and share them with those who wouldn't ever see them otherwise.

Everyone knows about Utah's great skiing, the saltier-than-the-ocean Great Salt Lake, and the multitude of national parks and forests. But, on the way to those attractions, you'll miss some other cool and quirky ones if you don't have this book.

How about a festival where llamas are the guests of honor? Do you know where to go to ride "Old Woodie," one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the United States? There is a place in Utah where the Sphinx has the face of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church. Have you ever visited the grave of "Old Eph?"

This book is great for first time visitors to Utah as well as life long Utahans. I guarantee, even if you've lived here your entire life, like I have, you will still find something in this book that will surprise you.

The only drawbacks I see in this book are the lack of color photos which would enhance the descriptions and be much better than the sometimes not completely clear black and white photos. But, overall, a really fun book with good information about Utah.

Highly Recommended. 4 out of 5 stars.

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