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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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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating recount of several of the most enduring urban legends, showing how they, in some cases, date back many years and have evolved in the telling. I haven't read any of the various ... Read full review

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User Review  - iayork - LibraryThing

The very best book ever on this subject: This author is a rare find in literature of this kind: a genuine, professional folklorist who carefully documents his subject and traces its beginnings ... 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

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You've heard the legends... whether it is the top secret recipe someone ended up paying $300 for and now wants to share with the world, or the babysitter who is told by the operator that the scary ... Read full review

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

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It examines a bunch of urban legends like the "babysitter and the man upstairs", "the baby in the oven" all the way to "the naked in the RV" and "snake in a blanket (in K Mart)". Some of the stories ... Read full review

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

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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

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

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I liked the stories but the studies and data aspects were boring. It is dated (1981 I believe) and when it said that this media age is changing urban legends I kept expecting more than newspapers. I forgot that media age wouldn't include internet or anything. Read full review

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

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Fascinating book. Brunvand has been researching urban legends for decades. His books are full of interesting information on how urban legends originate, how they evolve through time, and why we are so interested in them in the first place. Read full review

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

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I never actually believed most of the legends profiled in this book—instead, I knew them from all of the dime-a-dozen horror stories I used to read as a kid. All the tales of murdered boyfriends and ghostly girlfriends are here. Read full review


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