Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

Coop A Year of Poultry Pigs and Parenting Beneath the flannel surface of this deer hunting truck loving Badger is the soul of a poet Chicago TribuneYou ll find in this book a slender silver cord of smart contemplation about meaning and purpo

  • Title: Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting
  • Author: MichaelPerry
  • ISBN: 9780061240430
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

    Beneath the flannel surface of this deer hunting, truck loving Badger is the soul of a poet Chicago TribuneYou ll find in this book a slender silver cord of smart contemplation about meaning and purpose Minneapolis Star Tribune He s the real thing USA Today

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    1. Siv30

      ספר חביב על חיו של מייקל פארי, שהחליט לעבור לחווה עם אישתו, בתו המאומצת ועם תינוקת בדרך.הפרקים נעים בין העבר של הסופר, שגדל בחווה חקלאית עם אין ספור אחים אמיתיים מאומצים ועוד ילדים שעברו בביתם שהיה בית אומנה זמני, להווה בו הסופר מנסה לטפל בחווה הקטנה שלו, לעבוד כסופר ומרצה ברחב [...]

    2. Dave Gaston

      As a convenient metaphor, Michael Perry kinda pushes this memoir out like an egg. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with it. As we have come to expect from Perry, it has the same folksy charm and the same exquisite descriptions of both land and life. Still, it felt a little more like an excellent journal and a little less like a memoir. There are Wisconsin chestnuts to be had, but he also threw me for a loop. This is the first Perry book (that I have read) that introduces us to his faith. His [...]

    3. Book Concierge

      This is the third of Michael Perry’s memoirs that I’ve read. In this volume he relates the early years of his marriage and efforts to establish his small family on a farmstead in Northern Wisconsin – growing much of their own food by raising chickens and pigs, and planting a good-size vegetable garden. Perry is a humorist and a philosopher. His memoirs aren’t particularly linear, though they are revealed in a fair approximation of chronological order. He goes off on tangents, ruminating [...]

    4. Tamara Taylor

      I was disappointed that I didn't enjoy this book more than I did but in all fairness I believe my expecatations were quite high. Parenting, poultry, pigsat is right up my alley! Humour, even better! I was excited to delve into this novel and was disappointed when it didn't deliver. While Perry has a whimsical way of describing his day to day life as father, husband, writer and fledgling farmer, I found his experience unremarkable and his writing style not "enough" to overcome that. Two pigs, a h [...]

    5. Melody

      This review is going to be more about my failure as a reader than it is about Perry's success as a writer. He's warm and honest and loving and straight-laced and, well, annoying in his rectitude. He comes from a family that took in numberless foster children, many of whom died agonizing deaths. He hearkens back to his childhood with love and reverence, and he strives to raise his own children properly. He apologizes in advance for profanity (which at its worst, comprises "ass" for buttocks). He [...]

    6. jess

      I never keep track of where my recommendations come from and my to-read list is, well, I won't finish it in this lifetime. So I have no idea why I picked this book up. It's reasonable to guess, however, that it's because it is a sort of modern back-to-the-land fumbling memoir of the author, his wife, their young daughter and the baby-on-the-way moving out of the city to an old family farm. It's not a how-to book. It's a memoir, and his farming experiences are mostly just context for Perry's mean [...]

    7. Suzka

      I couldn't decide between four and five stars, so I flipped a coin, which landed on its edge. This is at least a 4.5 star read. Coop was one of those books which unfolds itself quietly but solidly. Though it was not a compelling page-turner, it held me kinda how thoughtful reflecting on my own life holds me. (Note: you do not need to have embarked upon a chicken-raising journey to appreciate this, though it certainly does not hurt.) The world in which this author lives (as it is a memoir, not fi [...]

    8. M. Sarki

      msarki.tumblr/post/163209Reluctantly, even shamefully, I will admit that often the book felt tiresome. Perry’s old self-deprecating humor however was skillfully interlaced between fits and starts of the author creating a working farm in midst of his learning to become a husband, father, and respected writer of the first rank. But you won’t find Perry bragging about any of his accomplishments, only the sometimes hilarious reporting of his daily grind at being the best he can muster on every f [...]

    9. Diane Yannick

      Michael Perry has written a trio of memoirs but this is the first one that I've read. I'm glad I did even though his meandering style sometimes annoyed me. Yet, he was able to set a pastoral Wisconsin scene that drew me into his world. I saw Shake 'n Bake, his special needs chicken and actually cared about her well being. I knew more about his attempts to construct a chicken coop than I ever wanted to know. I shared (well, not really) his pride when his wife learned to blow her nose without a ha [...]

    10. Joan Colby

      A substantial step up from the typical rural life memoir. Perry’s self deprecating humor is salted with observations that are never, as he puts it, “prettied up.” During the course of this, his third memoir, he has moved with his wife and young stepdaughter to his mother-in-laws former farm in northern Wisconsin. Both Perry and his wife grew up on Wisconsin farms, he as a member of a large Christian fundamentalist family which eschewed TV and radio, but fostered a love of books along with [...]

    11. Res

      Should have known that just because I enjoyed Little Heathens, a farm memoir from the Depression, in no way predicted that I would enjoy a farm memoir from today. The scene that cemented my decision to stop reading was the one where the author is acknowledging that his wife has reason on her side when she suggests borrowing a power wood-splitter so he can focus on his paying work, while going on splitting wood by hand. It's all postmodern postmacho -- there's no arguing that the manly way is the [...]

    12. Mandy

      I admit, I stopped reading around page 265. I just didn't care about hay and the best kind and how it is baled. I skipped to the last chapter and skimmed it and probably would have enjoyed it more if I had felt like reading it as it focused more on his belief's and faith.This book is about Michael Perry's life. He shares things about his present life and then it will bring back a memory and he digresses a bit and then becomes a bit discursive (which I don't mind, I love discursive people) and th [...]

    13. Maicie

      My folks sold the dairy farm in Wisconsin when I was quite little. What little memories I have of the time came from stories told by my father’s large brood of siblings. Over the years, my husband and I idealized these stories to the point where we thought it would be a grand idea to buy thirty-five acres and get back to the living land. Like the author, we were hit square in the backside with some fundamental reality. Animals bite! and poop! and eat! Weeds beat out grass every single time! Yo [...]

    14. Amy

      I absolutely loved this book. The farming aspects of it are my foundation, as well. After I read him describing the process of milking, I stopped and just sat there holding my book. This event happened twice a day on our farm. My parents farmed for 41 years, and it went back over 100 years through my grandparents and great-grandparents on our farm, and my great-great grandparents who came from Germany and settled on the farm up the road. So many things in this book are ingrained in me, and I am [...]

    15. Elizabeth

      I liked this a lot, mostly because I'm from Wisconsin and can relate to a lot of what he writes about, but also because I enjoyed his humor. He's deeply self-satisfied with his life in this book, and why shouldn't he be--he's got all he ever wanted, seems like. By far the best passages are about the sense of community you find in small-town Wisconsin (probably any small town, but I only really know WI), and how, when something unfortunate happens, everyone is there, and everyone truly wants to h [...]

    16. Ali

      Heather Colby introduced me to this author. I really enjoy his writing-- musings on life in rural midwestern America and what it means to be a husband and father. Some of his one-liners still float into my consciousness every now and again. This work starts strong but begins to feel a bit self-indulgent about a third of the way through the book when we get too many glimpses of his daily routine-- too many unrelated and unimportant details and there is not enough of a story to it. It begins to fe [...]

    17. Patti

      What a fantastic book. Each time I read a book by Michael Perry I swear it is better than the last one. The really ironic thing is I despise chickens, not just despise, but am actually afraid of them. (Long story involving a rooster) Oddly enough, by the time I was a quarter of the way through this book, I was asking my husband what he thought of getting some chickens. This book is more than a chicken buying guide and that is what has always endeared Michael Perry to me. His thoughts on his fami [...]

    18. Liz

      More "makes me miss WI" fodder. This is the 3rd Michael Perry book I've read and probably my second favorite behind Visiting Tom. I appreciate his running dialogue about wanting his daughters to have a life similar to his, then again, maybe not and worrying about if he is being a good father and husband. Have two young ones under the age of 3 this one was sweat, heart-breaking and endearing. Also, for some reason I kept reading the title of the book as Co-op instead of Coop and only realized my [...]

    19. Gavin

      This book sits me squarely on the fence and asks me to enjoy the sensation of pickets poking my unders.Perry is a great storyteller and I really enjoy the thoughtful honesty he uses to tell his tales. He's incredibly skilled at painting rural life without condescension or the easy stabs at humor. I loved Truck for this reason and more.Coop, however, falls a little flat for me. The elements are there, but they seem tiredybe even forced? Despite the fact that the book is called Coop, his chicken c [...]

    20. Carrie

      Coop was alternately hilarious, poignant, thought-provokingd occasionally really, really boring. The first few chapters were entirely charming, and the last few as well, but there's a long time in the middle when it seems like nothing happens. Some parts were so good that I wanted to read them aloud to someone, and then a few pages later I'd find myself skimming ahead, looking for some action. So I definitely recommend it, with the exception of chapters four through eight.I thought the opening p [...]

    21. Valerie Kyriosity

      Ugh. The pros and cons of audiobooks. (Or should that be the prose and cons?) As with the borrowed Truck, I was constrained from the hyperactive underlining I wished to do. Just don't work with an .aa file. On the other hand, an author-read audiobook is one of the treatiest treats, literarily speaking, so complaining would be vile ingratitude.I like Michael Perry. There's always a touch of self-absorption in a memoir -- nature of the beast -- but I think he manages stay out of the arrogant ditch [...]

    22. Jackie

      Michael Perry has made a name for himself writing about small town life: "Population:485" about being a volunteer fire fighter, "Truck: A Love Story" (and an Indie hit) about meeting his wife, etc. "Coop" picks up where he left off as he, his wife, his "given" daughter (he hates the word 'step') and a soon to be born addition to the family move onto a farm formerly owned by his in-laws. The book covers about a year in the family's life and his filled with absolute hilarity (don't make my mistake [...]

    23. jimtown

      This was a pretty popular book at our county library. I had to wait a good long time to find it in. I see it has a new cover image and subtitle, but this is the one I read, and I like that subtitle: A Family, a Farm and the Pursuit of One Good Egg, though the other cover image is mighty fetching too.I'd recently read Perry's, Truck: A Love Story, so this was a nice continuation of his family and their dream. Perry doesn't placate the reader and while I've lived through my own back to basics time [...]

    24. Steve Duong

      Somewhere in between a journal and autobiography, you get Coop- A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting. When Michael sells his city home to buy 37 acres of farmland in the middle of Iowa and invites his new wife (who is by the way, conveniently pregnant) and 9 year old child, with only a vague idea as to the kind of life he is ready to live; your bound to have some problems. Understated is the rough end commitment to this rural living, which suits the book fine. This account of Michael Perry's f [...]

    25. Laura C.

      Michael Perry, who wrote "Coop" comes from a farm. He's not someone with illusions. So his book didn't bug me from that standpoint. I was prepared to sigh heavily when he talked about his fabulous relationship with his wife's ex-husband, and the home birth of his child. However, he raised pigs and chickens for food, admitted that he procrastinates and is too busy to be a perfect father and husband, and the new baby is a cry-er. Another sign of the authentic: apparently there is junk laying aroun [...]

    26. Suzy

      Maybe I overdosed on Michael Perry, maybe I should have taken a break after reading Truck I didn't enjoy this one as much, although it was still a compelling and moving read. I did find the story of his parents and the church in which he grew up fascinating, and really like hearing about his siblings as well. I'll admit that, as a staunch supporter of public education I found myself put off by the fact that he and his wife have chosen to homeschool their daughter; he doesn't give much of an expl [...]

    27. Liz

      Between this and "Shotgun Lovesongs," I'm beginning to think that the northwestern quadrant of my native state is some kind of artistic Lake Wobegon. The sense of community in my hometown in southeast Wisco is much more insular and judgmental, as our local writer made good (A. Manette Ansay) has demonstrated caustically well. But up near Eau Claire, you can be a farmer or an indie rocker and secure in the support of those around you."Coop" was hysterically funny at the beginning, a bit twee (and [...]

    28. Mark Hartzer

      When you title a book "Coop", one tends to expect there might be more than 10-20 pages about chickens in a 350 page book; but no. Most of the book is about Mr. Perry and his family. Nothing against that, mind you. He has a lovely family. But I think 75% of the book was devoted to the family stuff, and not nearly enough stuff devoted to the critters. I was really hoping for another "All Creatures Great & Small". I don't begrudge Perry's gentle religiosity, but it got a little wearying for a n [...]

    29. Erin Caldwell

      Perry has amazing knack for capturing and reflecting my own life. Although our childhoods were dissimilar, there were some congruencies that I was able to relate to. I really felt that he was able to articulate not only my desires for homesteading, but also my concerns, misgivings, and misadventures in that area, as well! A beautiful story.

    30. Laura

      I love Michael Perry's prose. It's delicious. Coop didn't capture my heart the way Population:485 did, but it was still quite captivating, especially having lived in the area he describes for 6 years. I even ran into people I know in his pages. Coop was a nice finish to the trilogy; big transformation of Perry as a person from where he was back during Population, to Truck, and now to Coop.

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