Coop

A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting
Narrated by: Michael Perry
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)

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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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Beautiful

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

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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!

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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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Interesting, funny, and thought provoking

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.

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fun to listen too, and

Fun to listen to, and the feeling of being taken back to family life in a small community! So much sounded like my childhood.

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Coop

I love this book, it was pure and honest and very funny. Reminded me of A Walk in the Woods and A Year in Provence.

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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.

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Meh

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.

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Great book!

Coop is my 3rd book of Michael’s on Audible. Its like listening to our own family stories in a lot of ways. The piece Tiny Pilot at the end by the Longbeds was very touching, and now has me searching out his music!

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Neat story

Really neat true story of learning to live off the land as we used to.