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The Family Tree: A People’s History of the Peculiar

I recently had the unique opportunity to interview best-selling author, Nick Belardes. His new book, “A People’s History of the Peculiar,” is one of the most eccentric and quirky books probably ever written. Subtitled, “A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths,” here is a veritable collection of odd stuff, fascinating nuggets, random strangeness and just plain weirdness. It is the perfect recipe for a family night around a campfire mixed with your favorite ghost stories. (Belardes has written a few of those too!)
Here’s some of what Nick himself shared about his book: “A People’s History of the Peculiar is the kind of book to be left on a table or in the bathroom. It can be used as a game too where you skip around. You open the book, read something strange, close the book, open it again and read something strange (all at random) then recite the two mysteries you’ve uncovered. The more you screw up in the telling of the factoids, the funnier it gets.”

 

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