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Population: 485- Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time (P.S.) Paperback – July 31, 2007
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However, not all the book is about that. To prove his erudition, Perry salts his book with historical information he cannot make interesting compared to his central subject. These end up looking like he's marking time through this short book because he doesn't have anecdotes enough to fill it. (One of his asides about Emperor Trajan, however, was trenchant.) Also, little redundancies from chapter to chapter reveal how this book was stitched together out of separate articles or essays -- either it should have stayed an essay collection, or the editing should have been done more carefully. And occasionally Perry's "macho poet" stylings can be a bit precious.
All in all, though, Perry's book is worth a look. It is a quick read, and Perry can turn a phrase well. Most importantly, nothing else I have seen captures the feeling of being a small town volunteer like Population: 485. Writing from Population: 633, I salute the book.
Perry's memoirs, Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, is a breathtaking account of life in small-town America where weirdoes and oddballs, the upscale and the downtrodden, the fast lane and the slow pace all merge as the fabric of community life.
After years away he returns and writes about being a townie and foreigner at the same time. The result is funny and moving, an account of things that are truly important in life with insights that can only be provided by one who faces moments of life and death daily. Rarely but occasionally childbirth occurs in the arms of the rescue squad. One of Perry's ambulances carries the insignia of a stork, departmental recognition of its delivery on-board. More frequently and without regard to religious preference, income status, political belief or necessarily age, rescue squads see life at its other end, and Perry takes you on a ride that shifts between laugh-out-loud storytelling and delicate description of heart-stopping tragedy.
Population: 485 could be about this town or any other small town. Once through this book will not be enough. I find myself turning again and again to the description of the farmer's wife armed with a pistol and a Bible or that of the senior member of the fire department, a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both work at the only gas station in town).Read more ›
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Love, love, love this book. I have purchased it three times, one for me and two I gave as gifts. Michael Perry's quiet humor and poignant depictions and remarkable insights on life... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Beth S
This was a fantastic read, although I may be a bit biased since I live in a small village in Wisconsin. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kim Heniadis
Much more of an ER response person narrative then that of being born in small-town Wisconsin.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is the finest memoir I've ever read. Perry had never written anything, or gone to school to become a writer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Wolf
Very witty writing. You feel as if you really get to know the inhabitants of the town.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
loved this book. was entertaining and fun to read. little everywhere though.Published 2 months ago by nate
Enjoyable set of stories about modern life in rural Wisconsin, centered around the author's volunteer firefighter service. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas G. Clingan
A delightful read! I love true stories with interesting characters (the residents in his small town, his fellow emergency services folks). I really enjoyed this book... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fan of Gjirokaster