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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Elena Case, July 11, 2008 (view all comments by Elena Case)
This is the sequel to Population 485 and is just as good. This man is living consciously and lets us share in that experience. Not a fast page turner but one to read on a summer day and think on his words and images.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.)
"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."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A reminder...to celebrate small-town life and to treasure human relationships."
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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