Montaigne In Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy by Michael PerryMontaigne In Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy by Michael Perry

Montaigne In Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy

byMichael Perry

Hardcover | November 7, 2017

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The beloved memoirist and bestselling author of Population: 485 reflects on the lessons he’s learned from his unlikely alter ego, French Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne.

"The journey began on a gurney," writes Michael Perry, describing the debilitating kidney stone that led him to discover the essays of Michel de Montaigne. Reading the philosopher in a manner he equates to chickens pecking at scraps—including those eye-blinking moments when the bird gobbles something too big to swallow—Perry attempts to learn what he can (good and bad) about himself as compared to a long-dead French nobleman who began speaking Latin at the age of two, went to college instead of kindergarten, worked for kings, and once had an audience with the Pope. Perry "matriculated as a barn-booted bumpkin who still marks a second-place finish in the sixth-grade spelling bee as an intellectual pinnacle . . . and once said hello to Merle Haggard on a golf cart."

Written in a spirit of exploration rather than declaration, Montaigne in Barn Boots is a down-to-earth (how do you pronounce that last name?) look into the ideas of a philosopher "ensconced in a castle tower overlooking his vineyard," channeled by a midwestern American writing "in a room above the garage overlooking a disused pig pen." Whether grabbing an electrified fence, fighting fires, failing to fix a truck, or feeding chickens, Perry draws on each experience to explore subjects as diverse as faith, race, sex, aromatherapy, and Prince. But he also champions academics and aesthetics, in a book that ultimately emerges as a sincere, unflinching look at the vital need to be a better person and citizen.

Michael Perry is a humorist, radio host, songwriter, and the New York Times bestselling author of several nonfiction books including Visiting Tom and Population 485, and the novel, The Jesus Cow. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his family and can be found online at SneezingCow.com.
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Title:Montaigne In Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through PhilosophyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.85 inPublished:November 7, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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“Perry’s refreshing candor, the essence of the personal essay, serves him well…. ‘You read Montaigne, you feel like you have a friend,’ writes the author, and so readers are likely to feel about Perry.”