This past weekend, Michael Perry, author of Population 485, Coop, (among others) and proprieter of www.sneezingcow.com stopped off in Iowa for a talk / signing. The book is about his life as a volunteer firefighter/first responder in a small Wisconsin town.
To be honest, I didn't finish the book. Ran out of time, it was overdue at the library.
(I'll have you know I am single-handedly trying to fund the library with my fines. But I digress.)
I didn't finish the book, so I can't really offer a REAL review. Many of his anecdotes in the book were amusing, but there seemed to be a great deal of filler (a lot about how the town established the fire department, how the town got it's name, etc.) Some of the transitions between stories (duh, where else would you find a transition?) felt rather contrived.
ANYHOW, I announced to the fam I was going and my oldest daughter wanted to go too. I warned her it may not be as fun as Kathryn Stockett, but she wanted to come anyway. I'm wondering if she's secretly interested in this authoring stuff? It's good for her to experience.
The place was packed (always a good sign). He was hysterical. I felt like I was at a comedy show, not an author's signing. If he comes anywhere near you, I highly recommend you go see him. [Edited to add the link to upcoming events: click here] You can decide whether or not to read his books.
(My daughter took this with my phone, and was being artsy with the angle.)