The author reads a collection of previously published essays and humor on subjects including gun-toting country music stars, the iconography of Big Things, hair loss, backpacking and firefighting in Central America, and a traveling butcher.
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Mike Perry was raised on a small farm in northwestern Wisconsin, where he remains a resident of the small town of New Auburn. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Salon, and Cowboy Magazine, and his essays and humor are frequently heard on both Wisconsin and Minnesota public radio. When he's not contributing articles to magazines, Perry contributes humor to the local fire department by being the first volunteer fireman in village history to miss the monthly meeting because of a poetry reading.Review:
"Hop up on the old truck seat next to Mike Perry as he racks up the miles...his perceptive, witty, unpretentious writing shows a respect for his fellow travellers, whether he's riding with kids to a Christmas event or bouncing down the road toward home." -- Marcy Tveidt, Minnesota Public Radio
"Mike Perry's writing is fresh, witty, and rich in quirky detail. He creates characters worth remembering, takes you on journeys you'll not easily forget. He is an emerging writer who brings fun to the emerging genre of creative nonfiction." -- Jeanne Marie Laskas, The Balloon Lady and Other People I Know
"This is writing which frequently evokes small-town life, and yet, mercifully avoids setimentality or treacle. A story like 'Shooting the Split' is a parable for our age; in 'Saving the Kidneys' we find aspects of a foreign landscape among the familiar." -- Gayle Pemberton, The Hottest Water in Chicago: On Family, Race, Time, and American Culture
"When Robert Frost wrote of the need to be 'versed in country things,' he probably wasn't thinking of traveling butchers or truck-driving singers or giant plastic Big boys or epidemics of obesity or the big, ugly house on a hill. Then again, he never met Mike Perry. Rural America is changing fast, and Perry is one of the funniest, most astute chroniclers of those changes. His essays on small-town life are informed by an understanding that the countryside is not a refuge from but a mirror of our helter-skelter world." -- John Hildebrand, Mapping the Farm
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