The Domestic Life of the Jersey Devil: or, BeBop's Miscellany

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For centuries, the story of the Jersey Devil has been part of the culture of southern New Jersey. A fire-breathing monster with the head of a horse, bat wings and the body of a kangaroo, the creature is said to be the thirteenth child of a Mother Leeds, born in 1735 when the woman put a curse on her unfortunate offspring. Informed at a tender age by his grandmother--his BeBop--that he is distantly related to the beast, Bill Sprouse goes looking for the story behind the story of his family's connection to the famous monster. The result is part memoir, part travelogue and part lively tour through three hundred years of New Jersey history. The Domestic Life of the Jersey Devil traces the origins of the legend to a little-known pamphlet war that sent the Leeds family to Leeds Point in the waning years of the seventeenth century, with Daniel Leeds, the family patriarch, labeled "Satan's harbinger" in the process. It follows the story through its connection with the residents of the Pine Barrens (the famous Pineys), who were said to live in fear of the creature, and it looks at the legend in its modern variations: X-Files episodes are made about it, a pro hockey team is named after it, and residents of Galloway Township seek to adopt the monster as the Official Town Mascot. The Domestic Life of the Jersey Devil is a book about the suburbs and the uneasy relationship they have with their own history, and it's about one suburbanite's attempt to understand his own family's history in the most unlikely of places.

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Bill Sprouse grew up in Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. When he was a young boy, his grandmother said he was related to the Jersey Devil. What could she have meant by such a thing?

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"...[I]nformative and funny..." -- S.P. SullivanInside Jersey

"Sprouse's gonzo approach to the subject provides a delightfully amusing counterpoint to the often dry but thorough account he gives of the conflicts that led to the demonization of Daniel Leeds, a renegade Quaker and father to Japhet Leeds, supposed progenitor of the legendary beast. He interjects contemporary interviews and wanderings with an extraordinarily well-researched account of the historical context that gave birth to this enduring Fortean phenomenon. His descriptions of both colonial and contemporary Piney culture are vivid and accurate, dispelling denigrating myths and pseudo-scientific frauds that have persisted for centuries. His personal reflections on his own origins and reasons for pursuing the subject offer an enlightening insight into the restless malaise that often afflicts those who are raised in the suburban tracts that abut the Pine Barrens. It's a remarkably entertaining and informative book, and a must-have for anyone interested in early colonial American history, the Pine Barrens, or the erratic and absurd cryptid known as the Jersey Devil." -- Al Cabal, Splice Today

"The book reads more like a John McPhee-type essay than a dry history tome as the author mixes history with his own stories of his grandmother and his interactions with various locals as he tries to figure out what the Jersey Devil actually is." -- Ben Ruset, NJPineBarrens.com

"...[I]nterwoven among the author's personal insights is a deep historyof Quakerism in West Jersey." -- Atlantic Heritage

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