Off Main Street
Barnstormers, Prophets & Gatemouth's Gator: Essays
By Michael Perry
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060755508, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 2005
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Whether he's fighting fires, passing a kidney stone, hammering down I-80 in an 18-wheeler, or meditating on the relationship between cowboys and God, Michael Perry draws on his rural roots and footloose past to write from a perspective that merges the local with the global.
Ranging across subjects as diverse as lot lizards, Klan wizards, and small-town funerals, Perry's writing in this wise and witty collection of essays balances earthiness with poetry, kinetics with contemplation, and is regularly salted with his unique brand of humor.
Michael Perry is an amateur pig farmer, an active member of the local rescue service, and a contributing editor to Men's Health. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters, and can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com.
“A delightful mix of humor and pathos, touching the heart and tickling the funny bone.”