Michael Perry (author)
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Michael Perry (born 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.
He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an amateur pig farmer. He hosts the nationally syndicated Tent Show Radio, performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down Records). His bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom.
Perry’s essays and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Backpacker, Outside, Runner’s World, Salon.com, and he is a contributing editor to Men’s Health magazine. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.
- The Jesus Cow (2015)
- Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace (2012)
- Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting (HarperCollins, 2009)
- Truck: A Love Story (HarperCollins, 2006)
- Off Main Street: Brainstormers, Prophets, and Gatemouth's Gator (2005)
- Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time (2002)
- 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)
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