The Secret History of Bigfoot: Field Notes on a North American Monster

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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
John O'Connor is a trial litigation attorney and attorney fee consultant practicing in San Francisco. He is a former federal prosecutor, and in private practice represented the government in the financial institutions crisis. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan, where he was associate editor of the Michigan Law Review, and his AB, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Marin County, California.
"In The Secret History of Bigfoot, John O'Connor explores a piece of American culture that has often had a buff of exuberant goofiness on its outside, but what O'Connor's wonderful debut shows us is that beyond that sheen is something far more fascinating and profound than Bigfoot. Intoxicatingly adventurous and deftly insightful, this book is magical." -- John D'Agata, author of About a Mountain
"Ostensibly, this is a book about the legend of Bigfoot and the cabal of seekers who studiously attend to its myth, but it is actually a book about wildness, desire, faith, hope, loss, and the various things we sense in our bones but cannot account for. John O'Connor is a deeply smart, funny, and tenderhearted writer, and The Secret History of Bigfoot is a remarkable debut, full of wit, insight, and a devout reverence for the mysteries at the heart of our existence. I loved this book. It made me feel as though both everything and nothing are possible." -- Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell at Any Price
"Tales of monsters dwelling in the forest dark endure around the world, but there is something conspicuously, poignantly, and outlandishly American about Bigfoot. John O'Connor takes us on a jubilant journey coast to coast and across the centuries to understand why a mythic figure that seems always to be disappearing just as it comes into view has such an enduring presence. The truth may or may not be out there; The Secret History of Bigfoot is a reminder of how much fun the search for it can be." -- Peter Manseau, author of The Apparitionist
"Hilarious. An unforgettable blend of comic hijinx, barnburing journalism, and beautiful writing. The Secret History of Bigfoot places a peculiarly American phenomenon on the continuum of crackpot ideas and believe-whatever-you-want fantasies embedded in our past and present, tracking its life and legend while parsing various subtexts of belief, from Salishan mythology to modern day 'cryptozoology, ' from clear-headed skeptics to conspiratorial kooks. His affection for Bigfooters is matched only by his honest and revelatory assessment of their beliefs. Simply one of the funniest and most entertaining books I've read in a very long time." -- Kirk Wallace Johnson, bestselling author of The Feather Thief and The Fisherman and the Dragon

"This is unlike the average book about Bigfoot... This wildly informative investigative narrative about Bigfoot is definitely worth reading. It's best suited for nonbelievers, but readers convinced that Bigfoot exists will have a great time too." -- Library Journal STARRED Review

"A winning portrait of America at its weirdest." -- Publishers Weekly STARRED Review

"Playful and chock full of kooky characters (human and beast), this informative yet raucous account is perfect for fans of Louis Theroux." -- Booklist

"Strikingly original... O'Connor is affable in the extreme, and funny, and in Bigfoot he has found an object of desire that unites in real intimacy conservationists who long for wilderness and seekers who long for transcendence." -- The New York Times

"There's some great stuff here. About myth and imagination. About the power and importance of wilderness and wildness to the human psyche. About belief, and the lies our own eyes relay to us each and every day." -- The Washington Post

"Buoyant, wide-ranging book...O'Connor... proves to be a nimble writer...believe what you will about its existence, but there's no doubting our culture's fascination with the creature." -- The Wall Street Journal