Population: 485

Population: 485

by Michael Perry
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Population 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
DanDman8 More than 1 year ago
Could not put it done. You can tell when a writter loves the material. Write about what you know, Mike knows his material...his life. Very funny.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic read, although I may be a bit biased since I live in a small village in Wisconsin. Michael Perry is a wonderful storyteller, and his those skills shine in this memoir. Even though this is a small town, I think readers will see many similarities with people in their own neighborhoods, even if you live in a big city. Perry often says that he stays a bit apart from the community, but the way he writes with such depth and emotion about the various people in the town, makes it feel otherwise. And how he incorporates local history, at just the right moment, is done perfectly. It never feels jarring to go from reading about one of his neighbors, to reading about how the local fire department was formed. For me, sometimes reading about history can be a bit dull, but Perry makes it interesting, adding a touch of humor to lighten it up a bit. Learning about first responders was another very interesting part to this book. I have never realized that they do so much. Besides being there while the crisis is happening, they also stick around afterwards to clean up the scene. And the fact that they are volunteers, making very little money, and still being on call pretty much 24/7, is amazing. They give so much to their community without asking for anything in return. Although some of the scenes are graphic, Perry doesn’t write them that way for shock value, and it made me think even more highly of the people who do this, and all they have to deal with. I highly, highly recommend this book. And if you have the time, encourage you to volunteer as a first responder.
LovesBooksMA More than 1 year ago
I am ordering this book! Michael Perry is a gifted storyteller; I've enjoyed his other books and looking forward to Population 485.
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Funny, thoughtful and insightful.
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Donna Huntress More than 1 year ago
this is one of my favorite books. you are tempted to readit outloud to your friends.
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Michael Perry returns back to his home town, New Auburn, Wisconsin. A town in Northwestern Wisconsin, Population 485. He left 10 years ago and landed in Wyoming were he worked as a cowboy and put himself through nursing school. Now he is home, has bought a house on Main Street and is happy to be closer to his mother and brothers. Both his brothers belong to the fire department and his mother is a first responder for the area. Michael decides the best way to reconnect with the community is to join the fire department and use his nursing training to study to become an EMT and his mother joins him in the class. This is your typical small town, everyone knows everything about everybody, and Michael thinks it's the perfect place to write. Using the emergency calls, grass and chimney fires, accidents and dinners as background for his stories he brings the little town to life on the pages of this book. Humor and tragedy, heartbreak and devastating heartache we meet Michael's neighbors one siren at a time. I LIKED IT!!!! I had several reasons for wanting to read this book. First, when I started this blog I challenged myself to read books written by Wisconsin authors or that used Wisconsin as the setting for the story. This books meets both those requirements. Secondly, I am from a small town in Wisconsin, a little bigger than New Auburn, but growing up there was pure joy and at that time, everyone knew everything about everybody. That town has changed and grown and is no longer the town of my memories. Also while growing up in that small town, my father was a fireman, later the fire chief, and when the fire department was in charge of the ambulance service he was the equivalent of what is now an EMT or First Responder. He even had the Fire Training School at Madison Area Technical College dedicated to him just 2 weeks after he died. The stories in this book were wonderfully told and brought back so many memories. It prompted a call to my sister who had also read the book some time ago and we spent an hour reminiscing about our dad, who passed away in 1988, some of the stories were so funny, we wish we could write a book. Thank you Michael Perry for writing this book and giving us our Dad back for a few minutes. Michael Perry has the gift of storytelling and anyone who likes to read about life in a small town, firefighters, EMTs, or anyone who believes in giving back will appreciate and truly enjoy this book. If you would just like to read a good story told by a fresh voice you will like this book. Note: This book was published in 2002 and new copies of this book may be hard to find but there are plenty used copies available at both Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com. This book was from my private collection. No compensation was received.
neccy More than 1 year ago
i expected much more from this book than i got..while the idea was great.i was expecting the writing to be (lets say) more small town..i sometimes felt as if i were reading about two different stories..one down to earth and the other written by a rhodes scholar who didn't seem to belong in a small town..it was a difficult book to finish...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband is a volunteer firefighter, and we both grew up - and now live - in a very small rural community. I can relate to this author and his anecdotes. I wouldn't say it's necessarily the most intriguing book I've ever read, but it made me laugh right out loud (honestly!) and also cry with empathy at some of his experiences. I think Perry is an interesting person whose writing style is enjoyable to read.
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medster25 More than 1 year ago
This was meant to be a rewarding read about rural Wisconsin living. At times it seems Mr. Perry had his thesaurus always close by. He loves to interject unnessary unusal words. They serve no purpose other than perhaps to point out he knows big words. No one from northern Wisconsin would interject "gobsmacked" into a conversation.....this over use of langauge spoiled what could have been a lovely trip thru rural life. There are some excellent insights into being a good neighbor and survival in a community of sparse resources.
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Too many $5 words that interrupted the flow of my reading. I sometimes had to force myself to sit down with it. For me, it didn't fulfill the promise I felt the book had.
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Pewaukeepen More than 1 year ago
I grew up in the Eau Claire WI area and had relatives that lived in the New Auberne area, so chose the book influenced by that. I found the description of the EMT experience, and the family involvement very interesting. I mostly liked the authors style, but felt it dragged on a bit near the end. I will read his "Truck" novel next.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What a charming story of an EMT's experiences in a small town, told with love and humor. I have a degree in English and I work in health care, but I cannot put together phrases like this. 'Size XXXL in a size XL Nascar shirt' will stay with me forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down. I feel like I know these people, and could relate to their losses and happiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just about fell out of bed and needed the police to get me back in. I total enjoyed the book and the story lines of real life in wisconsin. Since i live in the far reaches of northern wisconsin they were very true. It also depicts the lives of the first responders, EMTs and fire fighter in small town wisconsin and some of the issuse that the face on every call. It does not make light hearted of the real tragic happenings, and faces it with the emotional response and not the grewsome detail of the event. It drew out some of the emotions that i have lived through with being a wife to a pager addicted, adreline addicted man.