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Michael Perry

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Description:

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.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

08:29


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:55


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

10:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

12:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:54


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

11:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

12:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

11:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

15:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:28