The author of Population: 485 returns, delivering 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: A Love Story 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, Truck: A Love Story becomes a testament to the surprising and unintended consequences of love.
©2006 Michael Perry (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
This book spoke to me, maybe because I've always wanted my own old truck, and I just loved the stripped down emotional clarity that Michael Perry expresses. His humanity, humility, honesty, and humor is so evident in his writing, and he is adept at going from descriptions of fixing up his International Harvester pickup and subtly meandering into more philosophical areas of life. Thank you, Michael Perry, and thank you, Vicki, for recommending this excellent book!
Listened to Michael Perry on NPR, enjoyed his narrative for his new book. Looked up books available on Audible. Truck was the first I listened too, made me feel like was included in the story.
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