Population: 485

Population: 485

Synopsis

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.

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Chapters

  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 16min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 015
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 016
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 017
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 018
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 019
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 020
    Duration: 17min
  • Chapter 021
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 022
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 023
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 024
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 025
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 026
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 027
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 028
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 029
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 030
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 031
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 032
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 033
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 034
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 035
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 036
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 037
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 038
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 039
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 040
    Duration: 02min
  • Chapter 041
    Duration: 02min
  • Chapter 042
    Duration: 02min
  • Chapter 043
    Duration: 26s
  • sample-220
    Duration: 01min

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