Reference Points

November 06, 2005|By JUNE SAWYERS

Eccentric California (Bradt/Globe Pequot Press; $19.95)

Of course, many non-Californians consider California an eccentric place to begin with. And, in truth, eccentricity here is not the same as eccentricity in, say, Utah.

The state is known for its cutting-edge social conventions, and, admittedly, many firsts originated in the Golden State (from motels to skateboards and drive-in churches).

Clearly, author Jan Friedman has her work cut out for her, but she seems up to the challenge, discussing festivals and events, peculiar pursuits, museums and collections, "quirkyvilles" (towns with a twist), offbeat tours, unusual cuisine, kitschy attractions, and anything and everything else that is "just plain weird."

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