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Off Main Street: Barnstormers, Prophets & Gatemouth's Gator: Essays

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Whether he's fighting fires, passing a kidney stone, hammering down I-80 in an 18-wheeler, or meditating on the relationship between cowboys and God, Michael Perry draws on his rural roots and footloose past to write from a perspective that merges the local with the global.

Ranging across subjects as diverse as lot lizards, Klan wizards, and small-town funerals, Perry's writing in this wise and witty collection of essays balances earthiness with poetry, kinetics with contemplation, and is regularly salted with his unique brand of humor.

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"Perry, who chronicled smalltown life in Population 451, collects some previously published essays for this countrified collection. The author likes to write about bighearted truckers, country and blues musicians, itinerant barnyard butchers and other such characters. As he puts it, 'I reckon I'm a pickup-truck-coveting blue-collar capitalist'; a guy who 'wouldn't know tapis vert from Diet Squirt.' But the wholesome subject of America's heartland doesn't jibe with Perry's sometimes crotchety attitude. He writes of being annoyed when he's cut off in traffic by someone driving 'one of those yappy little four-wheel drive pickups' sporting a 'No Fear' decal. What would that guy know about fear, he wonders? The incident prompts Perry to recall a sugarcane hauler he met while hitchhiking in Belize, a man whose situation — he was poor and held a dangerous job — made him, Perry assumes, intimately acquainted with fear. The book brims with alternately thought-provoking and pointless ramblings like these, as Perry visits the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington with 270,000 motorcycle-riding war veterans, stays at a hotel in Belize City and overhears a prostitute in the room next to his, and experiences other adventures. Generally, however, Perry's hit-or-miss writing combined with his 'been-there-done-that' attitude ('I've seen a bunch of territory with my backpack right behind me. Fifteen or sixteen countries, something like that') make for a wearisome reading experience. Agent, Lisa Bankoff. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Perry has a real talent for mining quirky humor from even the most mundane situations, and humor isn't his only strength....A delightful mix of humor and pathos, touching the heart and tickling the funny bone." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Michael Perrywas raised on a small dairy farm near New Auburn, Wisconsin, and put himself through nursing school working as a cowboy in Wyoming. As of this writing, he is the only member of the New Auburn Area Fire Department to have missed the monthly meeting because of a poetry reading.

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jzattiero, May 14, 2007 (view all comments by jzattiero)
Perry has an uncanny ability to draw humor and insight from what many people would consider mundane events and daily activities. This collection of essays pulls together his musings on a variety of topics and experiences, including a big rig/trucker gathering he crashed and a local butcher's take on life.

Whether or not you are from a small town, you will find humor and insight in Perry's writing no matter what.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060755508
Author:
Perry, Michael
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Michael Perry
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.04x5.42x.77 in. .55 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Perry, who chronicled smalltown life in Population 451, collects some previously published essays for this countrified collection. The author likes to write about bighearted truckers, country and blues musicians, itinerant barnyard butchers and other such characters. As he puts it, 'I reckon I'm a pickup-truck-coveting blue-collar capitalist'; a guy who 'wouldn't know tapis vert from Diet Squirt.' But the wholesome subject of America's heartland doesn't jibe with Perry's sometimes crotchety attitude. He writes of being annoyed when he's cut off in traffic by someone driving 'one of those yappy little four-wheel drive pickups' sporting a 'No Fear' decal. What would that guy know about fear, he wonders? The incident prompts Perry to recall a sugarcane hauler he met while hitchhiking in Belize, a man whose situation — he was poor and held a dangerous job — made him, Perry assumes, intimately acquainted with fear. The book brims with alternately thought-provoking and pointless ramblings like these, as Perry visits the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington with 270,000 motorcycle-riding war veterans, stays at a hotel in Belize City and overhears a prostitute in the room next to his, and experiences other adventures. Generally, however, Perry's hit-or-miss writing combined with his 'been-there-done-that' attitude ('I've seen a bunch of territory with my backpack right behind me. Fifteen or sixteen countries, something like that') make for a wearisome reading experience. Agent, Lisa Bankoff. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Perry has a real talent for mining quirky humor from even the most mundane situations, and humor isn't his only strength....A delightful mix of humor and pathos, touching the heart and tickling the funny bone."
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