Why They Killed Big Boy…and other stories (paperback)

A collection of essays, humor and nonfiction by Michael Perry.  Reviewer comments: “Rural America is changing fast, and Perry is one of the funniest, most astute chroniclers of those changes…perceptive, witty, unpretentious writing…he creates characters worth remembering, takes you on journeys you’ll not easily forget…Perry is an emerging writer who brings fun to the emerging genre of creative nonfiction.

NOTE: Nine of the 16 essays in this book were subsequently re-published in Off Main Street.

From the book jacket: “When Robert Frost wrote of the need to be ‘versed in country things,’ he probably wasn’t thinking of traveling butchers or truck-driving singers or giant plastic Big Boys or epidemics of obesity or the big, ugly house on a hill.  Then again, he never met Mike Perry.  Rural America is changing fast, and Perry is one of the funniest, most astute chroniclers of those changes.   His essays on small-town life are informed by an understanding that the countryside is not a refuge from but a mirror of our helter-skelter world.”
– John Hildebrand, Mapping the Farm

“This is writing which frequently evokes small-town life, and yet, mercifully avoids sentimentality or treacle.  A story like ‘Shooting the Split’ is a parable for our age; in ‘Saving the Kidneys’ we find aspects of a foreign landscape among the familiar.”
– Gayle Pemberton, The Hottest Water in Chicago: On Family, Race, Time and American Culture

“Michael Perry’s writing is fresh, witty, and rich in quirky detail.  He creates characters worth remembering, takes you on journeys you’ll not easily forget.  He is an emerging writer who brings fun to the emerging genre of creative nonfiction.”
– Jeanne Marie Laskas, The Balloon Lady and Other People I Know

“Michael Perry’s essays and humor never fail to generate listener comments.  I always look forward to recording his material for broadcast, and am pleased and proud to offer his work to my audience.”
– Eric Wheeler, Producer/Host Spectrum West (Wisconsin Public Radio)

“Hop up on the old truck seat next to Mike Perry as he racks up the miles…  His perceptive, witty, unpretentious writing shows a respect for his fellow travelers, whether he’s riding with kids to a Christmas event or bouncing down the road toward home.”
– Marcy Tveidt, Minnesota Public Radio

 

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