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Population: 485- Meeting Your Neighbors One…
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Population: 485- Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time (P.S.) (originale 2002; edizione 2015)

di Michael Perry (Autore)

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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.… (altro)
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Titolo:Population: 485- Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time (P.S.)
Autori:Michael Perry (Autore)
Info:Harper Perennial (2007), Edition: 1, 234 pages
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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 |
Great portrait of person, place and just plain old being. Not a slow book by any means — a lot happens, and you learn a lot of things — but throughout everything there is a great sense of rumination and peace. I bawled once, and almost cried another time. Michael Perry has instantly earned my loyalty — an introspective man unafraid to acknowledge the pain of the world and his own flaws, but never forgetting the good things. ( )
  schufman | Jul 20, 2019 |
Overall, I enjoyed Perry's meandering stories of fire and rescue in rural Wisconsin. At times, it made me laugh out loud; at times, it was very sad. It was slow and dragged a little in parts, but that probably gives the best insight into life in a tiny, rural township. ( )
  jtdancer | Jun 30, 2018 |
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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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