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The author of Population: 485 returns, delivering a
truckload of humor, heart, and . . . gardening tips? Think
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,
complete with stock cars, sexy vegetables, and a laugh
"All I wanted to do was fix my old pickup
truck," says Michael Perry. "That, and plant my garden. Then
I met this woman. . . ." Truck: A Love Story recounts
a year in which Perry struggles to grow his own food ("Seed
catalogs are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than
Enron and Penthouse combined"), live peaceably with his
neighbors (one test-fires his black powder rifle in the
alley; another's best Sunday shirt reads 100 PERCENT
WHUP-ASS), and sort out his love life. But along the way, he
sets his hair on fire, is attacked by wild turkeys, takes a
date to the fire department chicken dinner, and proposes
marriage to a woman in New Orleans. As with Population:
485, much of the spirit of Truck: A Love Story
may be found in the characters Perry meets: a one-eyed land
surveyor, a paraplegic biker who rigs a sidecar so that his
quadriplegic pal can ride along, a bartender who refuses to
sell light beer, an enchanting woman who never existed, and
half the staff of National Public Radio.
hilarious and heartfelt, a tale that begins on a pile of
sheep manure, detours to the Whitney Museum of American Art,
and returns to the deer-hunting swamps of northern
Wisconsin, Truck: A Love Story becomes a testament to
the surprising and unintended consequences of love. 1006
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