Off Main Street by Michael Perry
Barnstormers, Prophets & Gatemouth's Gator: Essays

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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.


About Michael Perry

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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
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 304 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Perry’s description of the grinning slaughterhouse veteran, who has killed untold numbers of animals, leaves a lasting impression, as does his funny tale of dismantling Big Boy, the grinning, chubby-cheeked statue that adorned the front of many a Big Boy restaurant.

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The incident prompts Perry to recall a sugarcane hauler he met while hitchhiking in Belize, a man whose situation—he was poor and held a dangerous job—made him, Perry assumes, intimately acquainted with fear.

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