The three P's:

A review of Coop by Michael Perry

Poultry, pigs, and parenting.  Or four p's, if you count Perry.

You may remember Wisconsinite Michael Perry from such books as Population: 485: Meeting your Neighbors One Siren at a Time and Truck: a Love Story and habits such as Books: none shall go un-subtitled.  His latest book, Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting delivers what it promises as well as many other delights.

With a fair idea of the perils of rural life, Perry and his growing family move to a farm.  He's got a lot on his plate: a pregnant wife who wants a home birth, a charming young daughter to raise up right, a full-time writing career, and The World's Most Perfect Chicken Coop to construct.  Preparing for the future makes him look back on his own childhood and contemplate the progression of his faith.

Because all of Perry's books are hilarious and sweet and peopled with relatable folks, you may encounter a bit of a wait for library copies of them.  But each is well worth it (and worth purchasing, but we library types generally recommend test-driving books at your friendly lending establishment before buying).

As I type, Perry is everywhere all at once promoting Coop.  And you locals can mark your calendars -- he'll be in Madison June 17th.  In the meantime,  keep your finger on his pulse via twitter, Facebook, and his Sneezing Cow website.


If you missed Perry last night there's still hope! He'll be at A Room of One's own tonight at 6:30. Be there or be square. Last night it was hunkering room only.