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Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time (2002)

de Michael Perry

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After a 12-year absence, a real-life prodigal seeks to serve his hometown -- New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485 -- by joining the volunteer fire and rescue department. In a place where men post claims of manhood on bug deflectors, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife with a pistol and a Bible, and where the most senior firefighter is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), writer Michael Perry sets out "to meet my neighbors at the invitation of the fire siren." This audio also includes eight wise and witty essays selected from Perry's new book, Off Main Street. Whether fighting fires, playing nurse to a murderer, hitting the road with a truck driver, or meditating on Elvis and osmosis, Perry shows us that his small-town roots have not limited his worldview -- in fact, they've enlarged it in some of the subtlest, most observant and memorable ways possible. This collection is a diverse and generous survey of the author's talents as a journalist, penetrating observer and rural-bred storyteller of Wisconsin.… (més)
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Michael Perry is a great combination of literati and good ol' boy. I think my brother would like this book. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
Perry is one of the better nonfiction writers: his content is actually interesting, his prose is appropriate rather than pretentious, and he moderates his genre-requisite self-reflection with enough entertainment. The essay format seems natural to his style, but the geographic and communal focus of his content provide the right amount of connection for the book to be unified. Some essays do remake the same narrative point with multiple stories, but the extra length was worthwhile in entertainment. ( )
  et.carole | Jan 21, 2022 |
powerful, moving. snapshot of what it is like to live in Wisconsin. ( )
  Thomas.Cannon | Dec 7, 2021 |
adult nonfiction; firefighting in rural Wisconsin. I think Perry's other book (Truck: a love story) was better, but it's been so long since I read that, and it wasn't that memorable either. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
As a native of a small town and frequent reader, I've rarely found any writer that both covers rural issues and is so highly skilled (the Fellowses are skilled, but they are really journalists), so it turns out Perry is the one I'd been seeking. This was one of his earlier titles about his hometown/current home of New Auburn, Wisconsin, and introduces you to the place through the many calls he responds to as a volunteer firefighter.

The narrative is easy to follow but also frankly honest about the place, not skipping over the drug abuse or infidelity if it's relevant to the story, but also covering the skill and camaraderie of his fellow first responders. And while some of the chapters started as individual essays, they have been stitched together into a coherent story. ( )
  jonerthon | Jul 12, 2020 |
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After a 12-year absence, a real-life prodigal seeks to serve his hometown -- New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485 -- by joining the volunteer fire and rescue department. In a place where men post claims of manhood on bug deflectors, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife with a pistol and a Bible, and where the most senior firefighter is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), writer Michael Perry sets out "to meet my neighbors at the invitation of the fire siren." This audio also includes eight wise and witty essays selected from Perry's new book, Off Main Street. Whether fighting fires, playing nurse to a murderer, hitting the road with a truck driver, or meditating on Elvis and osmosis, Perry shows us that his small-town roots have not limited his worldview -- in fact, they've enlarged it in some of the subtlest, most observant and memorable ways possible. This collection is a diverse and generous survey of the author's talents as a journalist, penetrating observer and rural-bred storyteller of Wisconsin.

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