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The author of Population: 485 returns, delivering a truckload of humor, heart, and...gardening tips? Think Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, complete with stock cars, sexy vegetables, and a laugh track.

"All I wanted to do was fix my old pickup truck," says Michael Perry. "That, and plant my garden. Then I met this woman." Truck: A Love Story recounts a year in which Perry struggles to grow his own food (Seed catalogs are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than Enron and Penthouse combined), live peaceably with his neighbors (one test-fires his black powder rifle in the alley; another's best Sunday shirt reads 100 PERCENT WHUP-ASS), and sort out his love life. But along the way, he sets his hair on fire, is attacked by wild turkeys, takes a date to the fire department chicken dinner, and proposes marriage to a woman in New Orleans. As with Population: 485, much of the spirit of Truck: A Love Story may be found in the characters Perry meets: a one-eyed land surveyor, a paraplegic biker who rigs a sidecar so that his quadriplegic pal can ride along, a bartender who refuses to sell light beer, an enchanting woman who never existed, and half the staff of National Public Radio.

By turns hilarious and heartfelt, a tale that begins on a pile of sheep manure, detours to the Whitney Museum of American Art, and returns to the deer-hunting swamps of northern Wisconsin, Truck: A Love Story becomes a testament to the surprising and unintended consequences of love.

Review:

"A part-time emergency medical technician, Perry delivers the latest account of his somewhat idiosyncratic life and times in a small Wisconsin town ('I am happy to live in a place where I can chuck a washing machine out my back door and no one judges my behavior unusual'). Here, he focuses on two main events over the course of a year: fixing up a 1951 International Harvester pickup truck and developing a romance with a local woman after a long stretch of failed relationships. Never cloying, Perry is a wry observer of how success in both areas 'is the result of a modest accumulation of lucky breaks and the kindness of others,' and displays the storytelling and observational skills that made his first book, Population: 485, such a success. One of his most memorable descriptions is of an ex-patient, Ozzie, a motorcycle-loving ventilator-dependent quadriplegic, who gets to ride again after his wheelchair is hooked up to the cycle of his paraplegic friend Pat — 'You haven't really explored the outer limits of health care until you've watched a Hell's Angel suction a tracheotomy tube.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, here's Christmas, coming around again; time for you to start making your gift lists. And, as always, after you've broken your recipients into the usual categories (young couples, the grandparents, teen-age girls, little kids), there remains that elusive, oddly seductive subgroup: 'problematic guys.' They may be winsome and shy as deer. They... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Perry writes about fixing his truck as if he was resurrecting it, but in fact, he may more accurately be said to have been resurrecting himself." Booklist

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"A reminder...to celebrate small-town life and to treasure human relationships." Kirkus Reviews

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"Perry successfully weaves three main stories—restoring a 1950s International Harvester truck with his brother, discovering romance after several failed relationships, and learning the unpredictable art of gardening—into one coherent whole. Humorous without being cynical and heartfelt without being overly sentimental, Perry is my kind of memoir writer." Kathleen Garfin, Enchanted Forest Books, Forest City, IA

Synopsis:

As with his popular Population: 485, Perry delivers a truckload of humor, heart, and gardening tips in this chronicle of a year in which he grows his own food, seeks to live peaceably with his neighbors, and sort out his love life.

About the Author

Michael Perry is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling memoir Population: 485 in addition to the essay collection Off Main Street. He lives in Wisconsin.

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mqh8574, December 26, 2006 (view all comments by mqh8574)
This is a great read. Michael Perry braids together the account of his International Harvester pickup truck's restoration with the growth of a new love in his life, and the cycle of planting, growth, harvest, and decay in his vegetable garden. Perry's descriptions are sometimes roaringly funny, other times deeply affecting, but always precise. He's a farm-boy-turned-writer. He cooks, he nurses, he hunts, he's a volunteer firefighter, and he has allowed the circumstances of his life to teach him that one is always a beginner in matters of the heart. Despite a slight tendency toward soppiness as the book winds down, his writing nevertheless flows with astute observations, always expressed with le mot juste. I liked it quite a lot.
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Sleepy54427, December 9, 2006 (view all comments by Sleepy54427)
It made me laugh! At first I was not getting into it, but then it reminded me more and more of my husband (we also live in a SMALL town in Wisconsin)
Perfect book for a man who loves his hunting and trucks!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060571177
Author:
Perry, Michael
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Subject:
History
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Engineering - Automotive
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
automotive
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
IHC trucks -- Maintenance and repair.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17.68 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A part-time emergency medical technician, Perry delivers the latest account of his somewhat idiosyncratic life and times in a small Wisconsin town ('I am happy to live in a place where I can chuck a washing machine out my back door and no one judges my behavior unusual'). Here, he focuses on two main events over the course of a year: fixing up a 1951 International Harvester pickup truck and developing a romance with a local woman after a long stretch of failed relationships. Never cloying, Perry is a wry observer of how success in both areas 'is the result of a modest accumulation of lucky breaks and the kindness of others,' and displays the storytelling and observational skills that made his first book, Population: 485, such a success. One of his most memorable descriptions is of an ex-patient, Ozzie, a motorcycle-loving ventilator-dependent quadriplegic, who gets to ride again after his wheelchair is hooked up to the cycle of his paraplegic friend Pat — 'You haven't really explored the outer limits of health care until you've watched a Hell's Angel suction a tracheotomy tube.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Perry writes about fixing his truck as if he was resurrecting it, but in fact, he may more accurately be said to have been resurrecting himself."
"Review" by , "A reminder...to celebrate small-town life and to treasure human relationships."
"Review" by , "Perry successfully weaves three main stories—restoring a 1950s International Harvester truck with his brother, discovering romance after several failed relationships, and learning the unpredictable art of gardening—into one coherent whole. Humorous without being cynical and heartfelt without being overly sentimental, Perry is my kind of memoir writer."
"Synopsis" by , As with his popular Population: 485, Perry delivers a truckload of humor, heart, and gardening tips in this chronicle of a year in which he grows his own food, seeks to live peaceably with his neighbors, and sort out his love life.
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