Don’t Forget: Perry Visiting Tomorrow!

perry.jpgI am behind the ball on a lot of things, but I would never forget to remind you that one of my very favorite authors will soon be in town.

Michael Perry, author of Population: 485, will appear at River City Books from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in conjunction with the release of his new book, Truck: A Love Story.

Publishers Weekly calls Perry “a wry observer” and in his latest book he delivers a truckload of humor, heart and … gardening tips? Think Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, complete with stock cars, sexy vegetables, and a laugh track.

“All I wanted to do was fix my old pickup truck,” says Michael Perry. “That, and plant my garden. Then I met this woman. …” “Truck: A Love Story” recounts a year in which Perry 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; another’s best Sunday shirt reads 100 PERCENT WHUP-ASS), and sort out his love life.

But along the way, he sets 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. As with Population: 485, much of the spirit of “Truck” may be found in the characters Perry meets: a one-eyed land surveyor, a paraplegic biker who rigs a sidecar so that his quadriplegic pal can ride along, a bartender who refuses to sell light beer, an enchanting woman who never existed, and half the staff of National Public Radio.

By turns hilarious and heartfelt, a tale that begins on a pile of sheep manure, detours to the Whitney Museum of American Art, and returns to the deer-hunting swamps of northern Wisconsin, this book becomes a testament to the surprising and unintended consequences of love.

RCB has the book on sale for 15 percent off through the event. So don’t miss the chance to meet this great and gracious writer.

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