Population: 485

Population: 485

Author Michael Perry Duration: 7:01:02 Narrator Michael Perry Publisher Harper Collins USA Favourites Listen preview preview
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Synopsis

After a 12-year absence, a real-life prodigal seeks to serve his hometown -- New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485 -- by joining the volunteer fire and rescue department. In a place where men post claims of manhood on bug deflectors, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife with a pistol and a Bible, and where the most senior firefighter is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), writer Michael Perry sets out "to meet my neighbors at the invitation of the fire siren."

This audio also includes eight wise and witty essays selected from Perry's new book, Off Main Street. Whether fighting fires, playing nurse to a murderer, hitting the road with a truck driver, or meditating on Elvis and osmosis, Perry shows us that his small-town roots have not limited his worldview -- in fact, they've enlarged it in some of the subtlest, most observant and memorable ways possible. This collection is a diverse and generous survey of the author's talents as a journalist, penetrating observer and rural-bred storyteller of Wisconsin.

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Chapters

  • Chapter 001

    Duration: 08min

  • Chapter 002

    Duration: 13min

  • Chapter 003

    Duration: 07min

  • Chapter 004

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 005

    Duration: 06min

  • Chapter 006

    Duration: 16min

  • Chapter 007

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 008

    Duration: 08min

  • Chapter 009

    Duration: 07min

  • Chapter 010

    Duration: 11min

  • Chapter 011

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 012

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 013

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 014

    Duration: 07min

  • Chapter 015

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 016

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 017

    Duration: 08min

  • Chapter 018

    Duration: 07min

  • Chapter 019

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 020

    Duration: 17min

  • Chapter 021

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 022

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 023

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 024

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 025

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 026

    Duration: 07min

  • Chapter 027

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 028

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 029

    Duration: 11min

  • Chapter 030

    Duration: 08min

  • Chapter 031

    Duration: 08min

  • Chapter 032

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 033

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 034

    Duration: 11min

  • Chapter 035

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 036

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 037

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 038

    Duration: 11min

  • Chapter 039

    Duration: 15min

  • Chapter 040

    Duration: 02min

  • Chapter 041

    Duration: 02min

  • Chapter 042

    Duration: 02min

  • Chapter 043

    Duration: 26s

  • sample-220

    Duration: 01min