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Published in Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 43 (2014), pp. 65–66; doi: 10.1177/0094306113514539b


Published by Sage Publications on behalf of the American Sociological Association. Used by permission.


On the whole, Paranormal America is a fun read and it provides much useful information on Americans’ paranormal perspectives and activities. Although the quantitative analyses may leave the professional, quantitative sociologist wanting more, they are probably appropriate for the reader without an advanced degree in the social sciences, which may be the authors’ target audience. The qualitative and historical data are rich, informative, and entertaining. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to family and friends or to assign it in an undergraduate course.