anneli rufus
The Scavengers Manifesto
the farewell chronicles
previous books

Other books I have authored:

California Babylon

California Babylon: A Guide to Scandal, Mayhem and Celluloid in the Golden State
(coauthored with Kristan Lawson)

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"Forget about such ersatz attractions as Sea World and Disneyland and Universal Studios Tours — California Babylon is the real thing ... a kick to read.... I am sending my copy to a friend in New York, a sober historian and starry-eyed movie fan."
— Los Angeles Times

"Normal guidebooks will lead them to Disneyland, and even to the homes of stars, but how does one find important attractions such as the first McDonald's restaurant, Marilyn Monroe's high school or the walk of fame reserved for stars of sex movies? California Babylon delivers the dirt."
— Dallas Morning News

"If anything can lend credence to the rube's refrain that California is full of wackos, it's this sick little tome from Kristan Lawson and Anneli Rufus ... fascinating reading."
— Pittsburgh Tribune

Weird Europe

Weird Europe: A Guide to Macabre, Bizarre and Just Plain Weird Sights
(coauthored with Kristan Lawson)

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"There are guidebooks and there are guidebooks. Some are full of baloney; others are full of facts. Then there is a new offering by Kristan Lawson and Anneli Rufus that is just plain weird.... If you are tired of plodding from one historic church to the next; or you have had it with famous paintings; or crumbling monuments are not your thing, then Weird Europe just might be the ticket. For this 272-pager is packed with some of the oddest sightseeing curiosities known to humans ... [it's] the definitive guide to 'cultured' Europe's freaky twin."
— Salt Lake City Tribune

"Weird Europe lists much that any traveler will need to know for the most unusual excursion of his or her life."
Strange Magazine


World Holiday Book: Celebrations for Every Day of the Year

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"The World Holiday Book by Anneli Rufus is a godsend. Rufus provides a holiday for party-givers for every day of the year."
— Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Never a dull moment. With Rufus' upbeat compilation of holidays, festivals, and saints' days around the globe, you'll never lack a reason to celebrate."
— Boston Phoenix


Goddess Sites: Europe: Discover Places Where the Goddess Has Been Celebrated and Worshipped Throughout Time
(coauthored with Kristan Lawson)

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"Not that long ago, a guidebook was a pleasantly stodgy tome with enough basic information so you could pretend you'd actually been to the Louvre instead of lazing over a long lunch.... Then again, you might prefer the romance of antiquity, specifically that to be found in Anneli S. Rufus and Kristan Lawson's Goddess Sites: Europe, which celebrates the feminine side of a rather older Old World."
— New York Times

"This journey around the multitude of archaeological sites connected with ancient European Goddess cults taught me a ton of fascinating, scholarly things AND kept me in stitches throughout! Rufus and Lawson are wits par excellence! Marvelous. If you like travel books with a unique twist, find this gem. One of the most truly witty and inspired books I have ever read!"
— reader review

"An entertaining combination of practical travel guide and women's history."
— Ms. Magazine

"A lively and funny field guide to goddess-spotting abroad."
— New Age Journal


America Off the Wall: The West Coast: A Guide to Unusual Sights
(coauthored with Kristan Lawson)

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"A delightful book ... written in a style that makes reading it a joy."
— Portland Oregonian

"The writing is wonderful. I loved this book."
— San Francisco Chronicle

"Essential gear for travelers with a yen for the weird."                                                                                                           
— Buffalo News


Europe Off the Wall: A Guide to Unusual Sights
(coauthored with Kristan Lawson)

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"Celebrates the offbeat and flaunts the unfamiliar. Fun to read."
— Travel & Leisure

"A take-along must."
— Los Angeles Times

"A tourist guide to end all tourist guides"
— Oakland Tribune

"Good, fresh sightseeing guides like this one are rare."                                                                                                           
— Boston Globe

...And I have contributed chapters to these books:


Time Out San Francisco Guide                                                                                                                            


San Francisco: A Virgin Guide                                                                                                                            


Los Angeles: A Virgin Guide                                                                                                                            


Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone                                                                                                                            


Not Like I'm Jealous or Anything: The Jealousy Book                                                                                                                            


The Party Girl Cookbook                                                                                                                            


The Secret Lives of Lawfully Wedded Wives                                                                                                                            


Roar Softly and Carry a Great Lipstick                                                                                                                            

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