Visiting Tom by Michael Perry


10 Critic Reviews

Mr. Perry is a pleasant companion, both to Tom and the reader.
-WSJ online


“Somewhere between Garrison Keillor’s idyllic-sweet Lake Wobegon and the narrow-mindedness of Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street lies the reality of small-town life. This is where Michael Perry lives.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Perry can take comfort in the power of his writing, his ability to pull readers from all corners onto his Wisconsin spread, and make them feel right at home.”
Seattle Times

Tuesdays with Morrie meets Bill Bryson in Visiting Tom, another witty, poignant, and stylish paean to living in New Auburn, Wisconsin, from Michael Perry. The author of Population: 485, Coop, and Truck: A Love Story, Perry takes us along on his uplifting visits with his octogenarian neighbor one valley over—and celebrates the wisdom, heart, and sass of a vanishing generation that embodies the indomitable spirit of small-town America.


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 August 21, 2012 by Harper. 325 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Aug 01 2012

...the moments of genuine emotion make up for its slow pace. Flawed, but down-to-earth and genuine.

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Publishers Weekly

May 28 2012

Blending his own autobiography into Tom’s profile, Perry plunges into the soul of the American heartland.

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WSJ online

Reviewed by MAX WATMAN on Aug 24 2012

Mr. Perry is a pleasant companion, both to Tom and the reader.

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NY Journal of Books

Reviewed by Eric Brody on Aug 21 2012

The overriding subject of this book is the respect for the values and traditions of the past, at work in the modern might just see your world with a broader, more humane perspective.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Reviewed by BARBARA RIXSTINE on Nov 06 2012

One of Perry’s most endearing writing traits follows his musings about his two daughters, toddler Jane and teenage Amy.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Sep 04 2012

VISITING TOM is dominated by the elderly man’s equanimity and ultimately...unvarnished tenderness, all related with Perry’s trademark blend of humor, insight, and heart.

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Journal Sentinel

Reviewed by Jim Higgins on Aug 18 2012

What man, and for that matter what woman, wouldn't be captivated by Tom Hartwig's workshop, as his neighbor Michael Perry describes it

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The Capital Times

Reviewed by Stephanie Bedford on Apr 02 2012

For a writer of Perry’s particular interests and aptitudes, a neighbor like Tom Hartwig is an ideal subject.

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The Literary Outpost

Reviewed by H. Deal Safrit on Oct 08 2012

Michael Perry is on his way to perhaps becoming another of a new generation of agrarian philosophers.

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The Daily Page

Reviewed by Andy Moore on Oct 31 2012

No one can marry the world of roughneck and sophisticate better than Perry.

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