Michael Perry (author)

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Michael Perry (born December 16, 1964) is an American author, born and raised in New Auburn, Wisconsin.

After childhood on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, and subsequently worked as a nurse and an emergency medical technician.[1] He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he is a pig farmer. He hosts the nationally syndicated Tent Show Radio, performs as a humorist, and tours with his band, the Long Beds. His memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop,[1] and Visiting Tom. His book exploring the work of the French philosopher and essayist Michel de Montaigne, Montaigne in Barn Boots, was published in 2017. He had developed an interest in Montaigne's work while recuperating from a kidney stone, when he did research into his condition and saw references to Montaigne, who also suffered from that malady.[2][1]

Perry’s essays and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Backpacker, Outside and Runner’s World. He has collaborated with the musician Justin Vernon on several projects and composed the liner notes for the Vernon-produced The Blind Boys of Alabama album I'll Find a Way.

Perry was educated at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

Works[edit]

  • Montaigne in Barn Boots (2017)[3]
  • The Jesus Cow (2015)[4][5]
  • Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace (2012)[6][7]
  • Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting (HarperCollins, 2009)[8][9]
  • Truck: A Love Story (HarperCollins, 2006)[10][11]
  • Off Main Street: Brainstormers, Prophets, and Gatemouth's Gator (2005)[12][13]
  • Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time (2002)[14]
  • Big Rigs, Elvis & the Grand Dragon Wayne (1999) (15 of the 20 essays were later republished in Off Main Street)
  • Why They Killed Big Boy (1996)
  • Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns[15]
  • The Scavengers (2014)[16]
  • The Old Man.[17]

Discography[edit]

  • Bootlegged at the Big Top – Michael Perry and the Long Beds (2014)
  • Tiny Pilot – Michael Perry and the Long Beds (2010)
  • Headwinded – Michael Perry and the Long Beds (2006)

Recordings (Humor)[edit]

  • Clodhopper Monologues (2011)
  • Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow (1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Higgins, Jim (November 3, 2017). "Michael Perry crosses a bridge from rural Wisconsin to 16th-century France". The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Gannett Company. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Teich, Mitch. "How a Kidney Stone Led Author Michael Perry to Write 'Montaigne in Barn Boots'", WUWM radio 89.7, November 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Montaigne in Barn Boots by Michael Perry". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry. Harper, (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-228991-9". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway and the Road to Roughneck Grace by Michael Perry. Harper, (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-189444-2". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Visiting Tom by Michael Perry". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting by Michael Perry, Author. HarperCollins (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-124043-0". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Coop by Michael Perry". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry, Author. HarperCollins (281p) ISBN 978-0-06-057117-7". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "Truck by Michael Perry". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Off Main Street by Michael Perry". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Off Main Street: Barnstormers, Prophets & Gatemouth's Gator by Michael Perry, Author. Harper Perennial (284p) ISBN 978-0-06-075550-8". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Mike Perry, Author, Michael Perry, Author. HarperCollins (256p) ISBN 978-0-06-019852-7". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns by Michael Perry, Author Princeton Architectural Press (253p) ISBN 978-1-56898-757-6". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "The Scavengers by Michael Perry". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  17. ^ "The Old Man by Thomas Perry". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved July 20, 2018.

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