Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, the most senior member of the volunteer fire department is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), and the back roads are haunted by the ghosts of children and farmers. ...
Welcome to New Auburn, Wisconsin, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, the most senior member of the volunteer fire department is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), and the back roads are haunted by the ghosts of children and farmers. Against a backdrop of fires and tangled wrecks, bar fights and smelt feeds, Population: 485 is a comic and sometimes heartbreaking true tale leavened with quieter meditations on an overlooked America.
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A wonderful celebration of life. This story of a volunteer fireman and EMT is the best picture of life in a small town that I have ever read. It neither patronizes nor romanticizes the lives of people in New Auburn, but allows their actions to enoble them. If you have friends overseas who want to understand the U.S., give them this book. I have given away at least 12 copies.
Dec 6, 2007
Anyone living in the rural mid-west (or most anywhere else in the US) should read this book. We too often take our volunteer firefighters and first responders for granted, but they are always there for us and always go above and beyond what we hope they can do. Michael Perry writes from the inside...both the inside of the volunteer community and from inside his heart. Thank you Mr. Perry and thank you volunteers everywhere.
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