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Jay County Reads! 2009

Hear Michael Perry at the library on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m.

      Jay County Reads! 2009
Truck:  A Love Story
by Michael Perry


From the publisher:

“All I wanted to do,” says author Michael Perry, “was get my old pickup truck running. That, and plant a little vegetable garden. Then I got distracted by this woman…”

"From the opening sentence – The story begins on a pile of sheep manure the size of a yurt – Perry turns Truck into an offbeat jaunt in which the author struggles to grow his own food (“Seed catalogs are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than Enron and Penthouse combined”), live peaceably with his neighbors (one test-fires his black powder rifle in the alley) and sort out his love life. Along the way, he starts his hair on fire, is attacked by wild turkeys, takes a date to the fire department chicken dinner, and proposes marriage to a woman in New Orleans."


The entire community is invited to read Truck together this summer and fall. 
Paperback copies are available for $4 at the library.  Or borrow a library copy. 

Talk about Truck with your neighbors or join book discussion groups at the library on Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m. or Thursday, October 1st at 11:00 a.m.

Meet author Michael Perry when he visits the library on October 20th at 6:30 p.m.  He'll sign books at 7:30. 


Visit Michael Perry's website to see his blog, videos and more, including truck pictures before and after.

Michael Perry is a humorist and author of the bestselling memoirs Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, the essay collection Off Main Street, and his latest, Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting. Perry has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Backpacker, Orion, and Salon.com, and is a contributing editor to Men’s Health. His essays have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Perry lives in rural Wisconsin, where he remains active with the local volunteer rescue service. Raised on a small dairy farm, Perry equates his writing career to cleaning calf pens—just keep shoveling, and eventually you’ve got a pile so big, someone will notice.


Hear an audio review of Truck
by local residents Mark and Cindy Strietelmeier on BookSpeak. 
Look for (8/19/09) in the 2009 list.




What have we read together in previous Jay County Reads! programs?

2008 - Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

2007 - novels & non-fiction by Jacquelyn Mitchard

2006 - Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

2005 - We took the year off!

2004 - Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom



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