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Fri, May 9, 2014

Visiting Mike

I admit, I feel a bit uncomfortable writing about a writer.

Having for some time now fashioned myself as a bit of a word butcher, I get the sense that I'm kidding myself when I think I could do what, oh I don't know, an actual writer on the NY Times Best-Seller list does!

But here it is, my feeble attempt at writing about a writer named Michael Perry.

Words like "down home" style would probably be used to describe his books, although my guess is Mike himself wouldn't go for that whole stereotype thing.

This is his latest effort.

I'm not a reader, but I enjoyed every word of "Visiting Tom".
Maybe that's because I could have written it about my late neighbor at the lake house and just called the book "Visiting Eddie" instead.

To this day I can still hear Eddie's voice explaining to me how to use what he called a 'convincer', a large pipe placed over a wrench to add force when attempting to loosen a rusty nut.

There are a lot of Toms and Eddies out there, and for that I am grateful.

Ironically, for a guy who writes so much about everyday family life, I suspect Michael Perry gets no where near the amount of time he would like with his family here in Wisconsin.

These days he is either on a book tour, doing live radio show appearances or playing with his band called the Longbeds.

His traveling road show stops in Appleton on Friday, May 16 at the PAC. CLICK HERE for more info.

If he can squeeze me in, Michael will be on the PhilCast (his second time now, earning him the title of 'Friend of the PhilCast') at 3:45-ish today, Friday, May 9.

If you miss it, catch the podcast of the segment at thephilcast.com

Now I better use spell check....he's an author for cryin' eye ay.




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