Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot

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  • Author(s): Gisondi, Joe
  • Publication Information:
    Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press. 2015
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Bigfoot sightings have been reported in every state except Hawaii. Interest in this creature, which many believe to be as mythical as a leprechaun, is as strong today as ever, with the wildly popular show Finding Bigfoot persisting on the Animal Planet network and references to bigfoot appearing throughout popular culture. What is it about bigfoot that causes some people to devote a chunk of their lives to finding one?In Monster Trek, Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on infrared imagers, cameras, and high-end camping equipment. Pursuing the answer to why these seekers of bigfoot do what they do, Gisondi brings to the reader their most interesting—and in many cases, harrowing—expeditions.Gisondi travels to eight locations across the country, trekking into swamps, mountains, state parks, and remote woods with people in search of bigfoot as well as fame, fortune, adventure, and shared camaraderie. Many of the people who look for bigfoot, however, go counter to stereotypes and include teachers, engineers, and bankers. Some are private and guarded about their explorations, seeking solitude during a deeply personal quest. While there are those who might arguably be labeled “crazy,” Gisondi discovers that the bigfoot research network is far bigger and more diverse than he ever imagined.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780803249943. 9780803285187. 9780803285200.
    • Accession Number:
      932124843
    • Accession Number:
      1108951
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      GISONDI, J. Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. ISBN 9780803249943. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1108951&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 7 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Gisondi J. Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press; 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1108951&custid=s3443875. Accessed July 7, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Gisondi J. Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot. University of Nebraska Press; 2015. Accessed July 7, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1108951&custid=s3443875
    • APA:
      Gisondi, J. (2015). Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot. University of Nebraska Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Gisondi, Joe. 2015. Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1108951&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Gisondi, J. (2015) Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1108951&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 7 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Gisondi, J 2015, Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, viewed 7 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Gisondi, Joe. Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot. University of Nebraska Press, 2015. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1108951&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Gisondi, Joe. Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1108951&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Gisondi J. Monster Trek : The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot [Internet]. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press; 2015 [cited 2020 Jul 7]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1108951&custid=s3443875

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2016 March #1

The truth may be out there, and the journey to its discovery is often taken by men and women driven by something greater than themselves, that which gives their life meaning. In this volume, Gisondi (journalism, Eastern Illinois Univ.) treks through swamps and camps in the woods of eight different locations known as Bigfoot territory with people who are searching for the mythical animal. These individuals have given up money, time, and sometimes even their jobs to prove that their "truth" is real. Much like Tea Krulos's Monster Hunters, Gisondi's book explores not whether monsters exist, but the lives and obsessions of those hunting for such creatures. He profiles persons from all walks of life, and the reasons for their individual quests for Bigfoot vary widely (many are seeking fame, others adventure, still others wish to confirm their faith). An outsider in the Bigfoot camp, Gisondi brings both a sense of wonder and skepticism to the subject. VERDICT This book is intriguing, well written, and well worth reading, especially for anyone who has considered this phenomenon. A more balanced work than many for public libraries.—Mary E. Jones, Los Angeles P.L.

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