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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

I loved this book. This is what we were forced to use before snopes came along, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. It's funny to think that urban legends used to be primarily transmitted by mouth. Read full review

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Super Professor! University of Utah
I'm a former student mentioned in the book ...what fantastic times we had in his classes!
The book is mid way between a publication for the public and a formal presentation for a Folklore Conference, but it is never dull! It was his first popular culture publication I believe.
My favorite time was researching for the Microwave Oven Tales and THE HOOK. In fact my husband at the time (Cameron) was unaware of the story of THE HOOK that happened in his small Kansas town, but his best buddy who was visiting us told me the whole story with details.
Not everyone knows everything! Had so much fun researching and writing I never knew Professor Brunvand was really going to write this book! I just remember his goal was to get on Johnny Carson; He made David Letterman but never Carson sadly.
So, what do you know and really believe?
 

Review: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

User Review  - Brigid Keely - Goodreads

"The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings," by Jan Harold Brunvand, is part of a series on American Urban Legends, many of which I devoured as a tween. Re-reading this book ... Read full review

Review: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

User Review  - Paige - Goodreads

Ghost stories and urban legends are my favorite things to read about in a non-fiction context. This had a fairly amusing collection on the legends themselves as well as several interesting variants ... Read full review

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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

A very strange book. The layout was a bit awkward, but the stories were interesting. Read full review

Review: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

User Review  - David B - Goodreads

Jan Harold Brunvand collects some of the most well-known urban legends in the US, traces them to their possible origins, and explores their importance to society as reinforcers of conventional ... Read full review

Review: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

User Review  - Angie Schoch - Goodreads

Oh how I love this! I found I kept putting reading it so it would last longer. Ghost~themed urban legends(Schwartz and Gammell's Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark) are where I first began an interest ... Read full review

Review: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

User Review  - Staci Miller - Goodreads

This book was used as a textbook in a Special Topics: Folklore class I took at University of Arkansas- Fort Smith. As a textbook, this book is quite a dream. It is easy and interesting to read and I ... Read full review

Review: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

User Review  - David Bonesteel - Goodreads

Jan Harold Brunvand collects some of the most well-known urban legends in the US, traces them to their possible origins, and explores their importance to society as reinforcers of conventional ... Read full review

Review: The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

User Review  - Peter Wolfley - Goodreads

This collection of stories was a pure treat. It inspired a real love of the stories which may not be true but we keep telling each other anyways. Analyzing these stories unlocks some gems of truth about our culture. Read full review


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