Population: 485 by Michael PerryPopulation: 485 by Michael Perry

Population: 485

byMichael Perry

Paperback | August 25, 2015

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Mike Perry’s extraordinary and thoughtful account of meeting the people of his small hometown by joining the fire and rescue team was a breakout hit that “swells with unadorned heroism” (USA Today)

Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin (population: 485) where the local vigilante is a farmer’s wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, the most senior member of the volunteer fire department is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), and the back roads are haunted by the ghosts of children and farmers. Michael Perry loves this place. He grew up here, and now-after a decade away-he has returned.

Unable to polka or repair his own pickup, his farm-boy hands gone soft after years of writing, Mike figures the best way to regain his credibility is to join the volunteer fire department. Against a backdrop of fires and tangled wrecks, bar fights and smelt feeds, he tells a frequently comic tale leavened with moments of heartbreaking delicacy and searing tragedy.

Tracing his calls on a map in the little firehouse, he sees “a dense, benevolent web, spun one frantic zigzag at a time” from which the story of a tiny town emerges.

Michael Perry is a writer and a humorist. He has written three best selling memoirs and his work has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Backpacker, Outside, and Salon.com. Perry was born in rural Wisconsin. He has spent many years as a volunteer firefighter. The majority of his writing discusses his farming background an...
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Title:Population: 485Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.63 inPublished:August 25, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061363502

ISBN - 13:9780061363504

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“This is a quietly devastating book--intimate and disarming and lovely.”