Population: 485

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Michael Perry

Narrated By: Michael Perry

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: June 2005

Duration: 7 hours 1 minutes


After a 12-year absence, a real-life prodigal seeks to serve his hometown -- New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485 -- by joining the volunteer fire and rescue department. In a place where men post claims of manhood on bug deflectors, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife with a pistol and a Bible, and where the most senior firefighter is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), writer Michael Perry sets out 'to meet my neighbors at the invitation of the fire siren.'
This audio also includes eight wise and witty essays selected from Perry's new book, Off Main Street. Whether fighting fires, playing nurse to a murderer, hitting the road with a truck driver, or meditating on Elvis and osmosis, Perry shows us that his small-town roots have not limited his worldview -- in fact, they've enlarged it in some of the subtlest, most observant and memorable ways possible. This collection is a diverse and generous survey of the author's talents as a journalist, penetrating observer and rural-bred storyteller of Wisconsin.


  • Southeastern Wisconsin

    A very enjoyable book. Highly recommended to anyone in the flyover states (people from either coast would not 'get it').

  • Peggy Stortz

    Perry is a thoughtful writer who takes his time to weave his story. His narratives can make one laugh out loud or bring one to tears. Growing up in a small town in the midwest always seemed to be a liability until I read these essays.

  • Judy

    I loved this book! It wasn't anything like I expected. Michael Perry is a wonderful story teller. His metaphors are perfect - painting a picture. His humor is great too! Enjoy!

  • Cheryl G

    I really enjoyed this reading. If you are small town Fire/EMS you can relate all-too-well to many of his stories. Michael will make you laugh and make you cry; and remind you why you volunteered to begin with.

Population: 485

by Michael Perry

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