In over his head with two pigs, a dozen chickens, and a baby due any minute, the acclaimed author of Truck: A Love Story gives us a humorous, heartfelt memoir of a new life in the country.
Last seen sleeping off his wedding night in the back of a 1951 International Harvester pickup, Michael Perry is now living in a rickety Wisconsin farmhouse. Faced with 37 acres of fallen fences and overgrown fields, and informed by his pregnant wife that she intends to deliver their baby at home, Perry plumbs his unorthodox childhood - his city-bred parents took in more than 100 foster children while running a ramshackle dairy farm - for clues to how to proceed as a farmer, a husband, and a father.
And when his daughter Amy starts asking about God, Perry is called upon to answer questions for which he's not quite prepared. He muses on his upbringing in an obscure fundamentalist Christian sect and weighs the long-lost faith of his childhood against the skeptical alternative ("You cannot toss your seven-year-old a copy of Being and Nothingness").
Whether Perry is recalling his childhood ("I first perceived my father as a farmer the night he drove home with a giant lactating Holstein tethered to the bumper of his Ford Falcon") or what it's like to be bitten in the butt while wrestling a pig ("two firsts in one day"), Coop is filled with the humor his readers have come to expect. But Perry also writes from the quieter corners of his heart, chronicling experiences as joyful as the birth of his child and as devastating as the death of a dear friend.
Alternately hilarious, tender, and as real as pigs in mud, Coop is suffused with a contemporary desire to reconnect with the Earth, with neighbors, with meaning...and with chickens.
©2009 Michael Perry (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Michael Perry tells how he got involved with a few animals on a small farm in rural Wisconsin. The story is great, but even more wonderful is his mellifluous writing!
I loved this book and fell in love with the author. He is humorous, wise, and definitely a new favorite.
I decided to be generous and give this 3 stars. I grew up on a farm so it was kinda like yeah...we did that. The writing is good but not moving, except for one chapter. Maybe city folk would enjoy it.
The gratuitous language used by the author gave off the feeling of superiority and made for an uncomfortable listen. He sounds as if he is saying: “I am highly educated and much better than you.” in several parts of his book. Did we really need so much in-depth description of making hay? No. We did not. This section went on for what seemed like years. Writing about the cogs, etc. for such a long part of a chapter nearly put me into a coma and I was driving at the time. Liabilities, sir!
Perhaps I don't read books that are quite so "high-brow" because I can't really compare this autobiographical, ego perpetuating piece of literature to anything else I have read.
At times the author actually sounds board of his own voice.
I'm disappointed. I had had hopes that this would be more about a journey into chicken ownership and the perils of bumble-foot. What I got was a diary-esque, self-promotion. There is nothing wrong with this type of book if it is one you have planned on listening to or reading.
I give this book a solid "Meh" or possibly a ribbon for participation.
I feel the author has better to give but missed the side of the barn by a mile.
Fun to listen to, and the feeling of being taken back to family life in a small community! So much sounded like my childhood.
Fantastic, made this Alabama gal wish I had grown up in Wisconsin...please don't tell my Wisconsin born husband! As a veterinarian I just enjoyed the lovely stories about being in touch with the animals, land, family and faith. I'm now a committed fan of Mr. Perry's and will go seek his other books.
Well written and read with humor and insight. I'll look for more of his books. It kept me interested and provided a few chuckles along the way.
I loved this book! My wife and I live on a .2 acre lot and we got 9 chickens right before I started listening to this book and I totally connected with Michael. My kids ask me something to tell them a story from my childhood and I've had a hard time remembering any, (my memory isn't that great), but after listening to this book I remembered a bunch of them because I had so many of the same experiences growing up. Thank you Michael for telling the beautiful story of your life in such a captivating way. God bless little Jake!
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