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Truck: A Love Story (P.S.)

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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)

Review:

"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

Review:

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

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 has written for numerous publications, including Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, Salon, and the Utne Reader. A contributing editor to Men's Health, he lives in northern Wisconsin with his family.

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FBB, May 27, 2010 (view all comments by FBB)
What a wonderful surprise! "Truck..." was a 'city read' here in my town, and I did not particpate; however, on a recent trip to the library, a number of copies of the book were being given to patrons for a meager donation. While I did not hold out much hope of actually loving the book, I picked one up and now wish I'd purchased copies for each of my friends.

From Perry's description of renovating his beloved IH truck to his thoughts on family, gardening, small-town living and his own "shyness," I have been absolutely compelled to turn each page. Such a beautifully written memoir, "Truck..." is a treasure of a read. If you have not yet picked this book up, plese do so. You will not be disappointed. Trust me.
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Annie Oaklee, January 18, 2010 (view all comments by Annie Oaklee)
Change of seasons: It's raining outside and you really don't want to deal with the moss on the roof. If you didn't read this book last summer (like I suggested in July), it will be just as worthwhile to pick it up and read it now. So, make your tea or hot chocolate, snuggle into your afghan in that big comfy chair and relax. As I said before, Michael Perry writes a glorious, humorous anecdotal story of his first love (an advertisement), his next love (the International sitting in the driveway), and his true love (I won't spoil the rest of the story for you).

"Truck" is a worthwhile read more than once. You won't feel like you've wasted your time and you'll want to keep "Truck" on your bookshelf as a classic, must read.
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Annie Oaklee, July 17, 2009 (view all comments by Annie Oaklee)
It's a hot summer afternoon and you just want to sit outside under a shady tree with your cold lemonade and a good book. Choose this one. Michael Perry writes a glorious, humorous anecdotal story of his first love (an advertisement), his next love (the International sitting in the driveway), and his true love (I won't spoil the rest of the story for you).

"Truck" is a worthwhile way to slow down and enjoy these fleeting summer days. You won't feel like you've wasted your time and you'll want to keep "Truck" on your bookshelf as a classic, must read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060571184
Author:
Perry, Michael
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Michael Perry
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
>Mad Girls in Love</i>, <i>Crazy Ladies</i>, <i>American Pie</i>, <i>She Flew the Coop</i>, and <i>Consuming Passions</i>. She lives with her husband
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.27x5.09x.77 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060571184 Reviews:
"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."
"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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