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Coop Audiobook

Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Peter Schultheiss LAUREL, MD, US 05-09-16
    Peter Schultheiss LAUREL, MD, US 05-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating and heartwarming"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 04-20-16
    James 04-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful"

    I am a long haul truck driver. Listen to audiobooks constantly. This is by far my favorite! Thank you Michael. Wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen FORT MILL, SC, United States 02-19-15
    Karen FORT MILL, SC, United States 02-19-15

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    "Wonderful Look at Hobby Farmer's Life"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gaillardia Larkspur, Colorado, United States 08-21-14
    gaillardia Larkspur, Colorado, United States 08-21-14
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    "Warm and lovely"
    What did you love best about Coop?

    I loved this book and fell in love with the author. He is humorous, wise, and definitely a new favorite.


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    Amazon Customer 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you Michael"

    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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    The Palmers Maryland 08-25-16
    The Palmers Maryland 08-25-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Love"

    I fell in love with Truck a love story after my father suggested it to me a month ago. I finished that one in a breeze and decided to keep going with Michael
    Perry. This one is so heart warming and so touching I couldn't stop listening. I nearly cried when it was over. Will be reading even more by him soon

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    Rusty Vagabond 07-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book is little about farming and more a biography. kind of false advertising. hard to stay interested in the book...


    What could Michael Perry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have liked the book if the author didn't try so hard to be witty. he would lose my attention anytime he started to describe things. long winded. just say it.. stop trying to be witty..


    Have you listened to any of Michael Perry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was Coop worth the listening time?

    mixed... felt it was hard to stay interested...


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    R. Ward Silicon Valley, CA 02-09-16
    R. Ward Silicon Valley, CA 02-09-16
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    "Poorly titled"
    Would you try another book from Michael Perry and/or Michael Perry?

    Probably not. This book spends most of its time on subjects not related to the title.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Perry’s story?

    Constantly being off subject


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mostly disappointment.


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    Sharon Hope Montana, USA 12-02-15
    Sharon Hope Montana, USA 12-02-15
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    "Loved it."

    Love listening to Perry share his own work. My only complaint is that many of the chapter breaks are not managed well.

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    Baum 07-24-15
    Baum 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "different from what I thought but good"

    A life story about moving back to your roots and trying to make a life while mixing the old and new culture together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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