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Journalist Sam McManis Chronicles The Weird And Wonderful In New California Book

Crossing California, the new book by journalist Sam McManis

In a few months, California families from Eureka to Calexico will begin hopping in the family car for that grand American tradition of the road trip. On the highways and byways of the Golden State there are thousands of odd and interesting places to stop along the way, and that’s the focus of a new book by former Sacramento Bee reporter Sam McManis. Crossing California: A Cultural Topography of a State of Wonder and Weirdness tells the story of everything from hippie hot springs to a campy cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles. He joined us on Valley Edition to talk about what these places can tell us about the Golden State and what makes for a good roadside attraction.