Peaceful Persistence: Essays On...

Peaceful Persistence: Essays On...

by Michael Perry
Peaceful Persistence: Essays On...

Peaceful Persistence: Essays On...

by Michael Perry


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Brief essays by New York Times bestselling author Michael Perry on memorials and mercy, storms and farewells, family and fowl, barnyard ballets, the Sunday night sads, the wisdom of roadies, cucumbers and kindness, quotidian asparagus, appropo malaprops, pickleball, sushi boats and weird TV, the poetics of garlic, contrails, Mobius mind-grooves, quietude, Christmas tree injuries, cats, waffle houses, puffy partridges, bonfire bonhomie, dating in a hearse, and more. Gathered from his most recent "Roughneck Grace" columns, this is Michael Perry on: Bad days: "First thing I did today was back into the garage door. From the inside." Releasing injured birds: "Nature gives odds, not insurance." Returning home: "Like hubcap spinners rotating at a stoplight, the sensation of a road trip lingers, even as we stare at the hearth." Contentment: "Find your happy place, they say, and so I am cutting up venison in the living room while watching the Packers." Daughters dating: "...sometimes it'd be nice to have Grandma back, just sitting over there in a rocking chair with her rifle." Hope: "A pair of wrens whose eggs may not hatch, but proceed as if that is the only outcome." Politics: "These days asking questions in public is like pulling the toilet handle while standing in the bowl." Physical fitness: "To say I run like a farmer is to insult a lot of form was that of a man jogging while carrying two pails of milk shortly after eating a lard sandwich." On children: "How many times do we hold our children close under the guise of comforting them when in fact we are clinging to them as if they were the last buoy in a cold sea?" Peaceful Persistence picks up where the three other collections (Roughneck Grace, From the Top, and Million Billion) left off, and includes columns originally published between April 2018 and March 2020.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734868333
Publisher: Sneezing Cow, Inc.
Publication date: 10/14/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 244
File size: 339 KB

About the Author

Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. Perry's bestselling memoirs include Population: 485 (recently adapted for the stage), Truck: A Love Story, Coop, Visiting Tom, and Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy. Among his other numerous titles are The Scavengers (for young readers) and his novel The Jesus Cow. He can be found online at

Table of Contents


Flat Tire


The Bad Day

Window Robin

Wren House

Good-Bye Goldie

Wren House Part Two

Lucky Day

Weird Television

Quotidian Asparagus

Wisco Loop

Northern Memorial

Wren Hatch

Sunday Night Sads

Roughneck Revelations

Garlic In

Appropo Malaprops

First Hearse Date

Wildlife Census

North Shore

Perpetual Portrait


Memory Hole

Butterfly Chickens

Storm Song

Montaigne And Mercy

Dump Rake Halloween

Barnyard Ballet

Garlic Again

Sticky Drum

Dad Suit

Big Buck

Wedding Dance

Sausage Time

The Piano Tuner


Christmas Tree Injury

Faux Fox



Garden Master

Safe Travels

Crowdsourced Truck Repair

The Age Of Pickleball

Gotta Guy

Shoveling Snow With Edith Wharton


Waffle Kettle

Customer Service

Character Test

Cellphone Connection



Tiny House Marriage Encounter

Spring Noise

Inner Peace And Lemmy

Puffed-Up Partridge

Apple Blossoms

Tiny Dancers

Homebound Van

Chicken In The Night


Fireflies Again


The Bug Is Back

Talent Contest

Picking Berries

Greg Brown (One More Time)


Plum Effect


The Rhyme


Bonfire Stories

Ol' Waylon


Three Bucks

Sleet Warning

Guy Discount

Story Time

Hotel Review

Getting Dizzy


Dance Party

The Good People

Christmas Lists

Chickens Back On Board

Packers Go Bye

World Events

Old Phones

Arizona Lockout

Voltaire Is Dead

Parent Brakes

Niche Joke


Dow Wow


The Old Stories

The Healing Day

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