Visiting Tom by Michael Perry

94%

10 Critic Reviews

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

Synopsis

“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

See more books from this Author
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.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Harper. 325 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
Bookmark Counts:
1
Want to Read
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Visiting Tom
All: 10 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Aug 01 2012

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

Read Full Review of Visiting Tom | See more reviews from Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 28 2012

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

Read Full Review of Visiting Tom | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by MAX WATMAN on Aug 24 2012

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

Read Full Review of Visiting Tom | See more reviews from WSJ online

NY Journal of Books

Good
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 world...you might just see your world with a broader, more humane perspective.

Read Full Review of Visiting Tom | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books

Lincoln Journal Star

Excellent
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.

Read Full Review of Visiting Tom

Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent
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.

Read Full Review of Visiting Tom

Journal Sentinel

Excellent
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

Read Full Review of Visiting Tom

The Capital Times

Excellent
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.

Read Full Review of Visiting Tom

The Literary Outpost

Good
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.

Read Full Review of Visiting Tom

The Daily Page

Good
Reviewed by Andy Moore on Oct 31 2012

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

Read Full Review of Visiting Tom

Reader Rating for Visiting Tom
92%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 189 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

User Review

admin 28 Feb 2013

Rated the book as 4 out of 5

Rick McKay

Rick McKay 5 Sep 2013

Added the book to want to read list

×