New England has been a lot of things—an economic hub, a cultural center, a sports mecca—but it is also home to many of the strangest, wildest individuals in America. Wicked Weird & Wily Yankees explores and celebrates the eccentric personalities who have left their mark in a way no other book has before. Some folks are known, others not so much, but the motley cast of characters that emerges from these pages represents a fascinating cross-section of New England’s most peculiar denizens. Look inside to find:
Stephen Gencarella is the resident folklorist at the Connecticut River Museum and teaches folklore studies and humor studies at UMass Amherst, where his work focuses on the cultural traditions of the Connecticut River Valley.