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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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Everyone I give this book to loves it. If you have ever lived in the sort of small town where bends in roads are named after the families that have lived there for generations, you... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon User
Perry combines the humor of Garrison Keillor stories with the history of James Michener novels to portray real lives in a real Midwestern small town.Published 21 days ago by G. Gullicksrud
This was also an interesting read.I don't think I enjoyed it as much as the "Jesus Cow" or "Coop"Published 2 months ago by bookaddict44
I felt as if Perry wrote about his surroundings like he was better then them and they should feel blessed with his gracious, educated presence. Read morePublished 2 months ago by shawna
very well written...and you'll enjoy this if you have ever lived in a small town.Published 3 months ago by smart caregiver